The Theatres Trust

Residential development threatens Earl's Court's Finborough Theatre

14th January 2014

Application: PP/13/07255

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for alterations and conversion of the second and attic levels of the building containing the Finborough Theatre into three residential units. The Trust objects to the application because of the adverse effect this will have on the operation of the Theatre. Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


Multi-million pound Bournemouth Pavilion cinema and restaurant plans set to be scrapped

13th January 2014

Multi-million pound plans for a cinema and restaurant complex next to Bournemouth’s Pavilion Theatre are set to be scrapped after the developer failed to secure funding. Bournemouth council has pulled the plug on Trevor Osborne’s £50m Pavilion Gardens scheme – which has been in the pipeline for more than six years – as it did not believe there was a realistic chance it would be built.

The council’s decision follows the news that cinema giant Odeon had pulled out of a deal to move into the Pavilion Gardens development and signed an agreement with the rival West Central scheme instead.

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Shrewsbury's Old Market Hall Cinema celebrates 10th anniversary

13th January 2014

Ten years ago, a group of Shropshire film enthusiasts took a giant step into the unknown. They set out to transform one of the county’s most iconic listed buildings into a luxury cinema – incurring the wrath of placard-waving protesters in the process. But last night, champagne corks popped to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Old Market Hall Cinema in Shrewsbury, which has become one of the biggest success stories of the county’s entertainment scene.

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Cameron Mackintosh speaks out on saving theatres

13th January 2014

Cameron Mackintosh was not pulling rank, exactly, but certainly laying down a few laws in an interview with the Evening Standard on Friday, when he reminded Nick Curtis that he maintained his West End theatres in tip top condition because he could afford to. He also said that there had been too much “ill-informed scare-mongering” in the wake of the Apollo ceiling collapse.

He claimed that he had spent about £50m on his theatres, about a quarter of which amount came from the £1 restoration levy that he and the rest of them have put on the ticket prices. He first instituted that levy – initially at 75p per ticket sold – at the Prince of Wales and the Prince Edward ten years ago. The Ambassador Theatre Group and then the others followed suit.

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Architecture review: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

12th January 2014

Seventeen years after the completion of Sam Wanamaker’s rebuilt Globe, a painstakingly recreated Jacobean indoor theatre has opened next door, complete with oak frame, ornate roof and 17th-century lighting.

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Parliament to take up the regional arts funding baton

10th January 2014

Arts Council England (ACE) is to be the subject of a Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry which is seeking views on whether the geographical distribution of arts funding is fair, and whether there is any justification for the current weighting of this towards London.

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Sheffield Lyceum Theatre to receive £1 million overhaul

10th January 2014

The Lyceum Theatre is to be treated to a £1 million refurbishment after securing funding from Arts Council England. The Sheffield venue will receive air-conditioning, increased and improved toilet facilities, and new balcony seating as part of the extensive overhaul later this year. A new sound system will also be installed along with improved technical facilities for touring companies.

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ITV News: Plans to restore the Brighton Hippodrome

10th January 2014

It was once known as a jewel in the UK theatre’s crown and played host to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but the Brighton Hippodrome has been left derelict for almost ten years.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber to fund arts apprenticeships

9th January 2014

Andrew Loyd Webber’s charitable foundation has announced six grants, totalling more than £150,000, which will support apprenticeships within professional arts organisations.

Five theatre organisations and one music festival will receive funding. Shared Experience will receive £105,000 over three years to support one trainee director and producer per year via paid six-month apprenticeships; Tangled Feet will receive £14,000 over two years to help fund its participation programme for young people; Manchester Royal Exchange’s Young Company will receive £10,000; Chickenshed will receive £15,000 towards its Young Creators Programme; Icon Theatre in Medway will receive £9,000; and the Lake District International Summer Music Festival will receive £10,000.

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New use for Morley's former New Pavilion Theatre

9th January 2014

Application: 13/05468/FU/S

Leeds City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the conversion of the former New Pavilion Theatre into a mixed use development containing residential dwellings and a restaurant/ cafe Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here and enter the application number, then click search.


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