The Theatres Trust

1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis

10th October 2016

Theatres Trust Planning Adviser, Ross Anthony comments on the proposed 1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis – The Stage.

The Theatres Trust has been consulted as part of the planning process. A letter from planning advisor Ross Anthony said the trust did not object to the plans, but raised several concerns.

Anthony said the trust recognised the importance of investment and regeneration in town centres through culture, but questioned whether the theatre would be a suitable replacement for the facilities provided at the existing Alexandra Theatre.

At more than three times the size, it remains unclear how the new theatre would “support and address the local need for small-scale theatre”, the letter said. It also warned that it might not be affordable or accessible to the types of performers and users of the Alexandra Theatre.

“The trust also strongly recommends that the new theatre is built before the existing theatre is demolished, or temporary theatre provision is provided, to ensure the existing theatre audience in Bognor Regis is maintained. It is extremely difficult to rebuild a theatre audience once it has been lost, particularly as the proposed theatre needs to increase audience numbers,” the letter added.

The trust also highlighted the task of competing with, and complementing, other established theatres nearby, which include Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis
Published 06 October 2016


New flooring installed at the Noel Coward

7th October 2016

Application: 16/08263/LBC

The Theatres Trust supported the above listed building application to replace the floor tiles, many of which are broken, in the foyer of the Noel Coward Theatre.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Harlech's Theatr Ardudwy confirmed as Grade II* heritage listing

6th October 2016

Theatr Ardudwy

Theatr Ardudwy in Harlech, Wales, has been confirmed as the first post war theatre building in Wales to be granted statutory listing.

This brutalist style theatre was built in 1973 as an arts centre attached to Coleg Harlech.

The college was listed Grade II* in 2001, though the theatre was largely omitted from the list description and was not considered to be part of the listing. Cadw have now reviewed that decision and confirmed that the theatre is already listed by virtue of its physical relationship and interconnection with the layout of the college buildings.

Cadw are currently updated the list description for the college to fully recognise the theatre building.


Run-down Burnley Empire Theatre to be sold at auction

5th October 2016

Burnley Empire, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured on BBC News Lancashire – Read the full story with BBC News

Run-down Burnley Empire Theatre to be sold at auction

Published 05 October 2016


Marine Theatre Lyme Regis benefits from UK Small Grants Scheme award

4th October 2016

We’re delighted to see that our Small Grant Scheme Award has helped with improvement works to the facade of Marine Theatre Lyme Regis – look out for the final piece of the puzzle, new signage!

The UK Small Grants Scheme runs twice a year awarding small capital grants to theatres to improve their building. The next Round closes midday 26 October 2016.

Read full story


Derby's Hippodrome could be in current state for YEARS unless 'genuine offer made'

4th October 2016

Derby’s Hippodrome Theatre, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured in the Derby Telegraph – Read the full story with Derby Telegraph

Derby’s Hippodrome could be in current state for YEARS unless ‘genuine offer made’

Published 03 October 2016


Burnley Empire Theatre resurrection imperilled by ‘reckless’ auction plan

4th October 2016

Burnley Empire, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured in The Stage – Read the full story with The Stage

Burnley Empire Theatre resurrection imperilled by ‘reckless’ auction plan’

Published 03 October 2016


1100 seat theatre proposed in Bognor Regis regeneration scheme

3rd October 2016

Application: BR/156/16/PL

The Theatres Trust was consulted by Arun District Council on the above planning application for demolition and redevelopment of the Bognor Regis’s Alexandra Theatre, Regis Centre and Hothampton Car Park, which will include construction of a new 1,100 seat theatre and hotel complex. The Theatres Trust does not object, but raised a number of issues that need further consideration.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Scarborough's Futurist Theatre Named In At Risk List

30th September 2016

Theatres Trust Architecture Adviser Claire Appleby discusses the Scarborough Futurist’s inclusion on the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – Yorkshire Coast Radio.

Claire Appleby from the Theatres Trust said: “It’s risen slightly up the list, that is in very simple terms due to increased risk of demolition. In 2014, the council submitted an application for prior notification of proposed demolition. Also at the time there were several attempts to list the building which unfortunately have since failed, which leaves the building ever more vulnerable. This raises it’s risk of demolition and hence raises the Futurist up our list.”

Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre Named In At Risk List
Published 29 September 2016


Refurbishment plans for Brighton's Grade I listed Corn Exchange

28th September 2016

Application: BH2016/05127

The Theatres Trust supported the above application to vary condition 2 of consent BH2014/02612 for refurbishment and alterations to the Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre (former Pavilion Theatre), including installation of new seating and balconies; construction of a new three storey infill extension incorporating a foyer, bar and box office; and renovation of the café.

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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