The Theatres Trust

Slowly but surely Kings Theatre, Portsmouth restoration continues

9th October 2013

The Kings Theatre Trust is celebrating ten years of operational control at this fantastic Edwardian theatre in Albert Road, Portsmouth.

Formed from AKTER (Action for Kings Theatre Restoration) the Trust and staff supported by an enthusiastic band of volunteers has been progressing the restoration both inside and outside the theatre. Steady progress has been made throughout the period which can be seen as soon as visitors enter the theatre.

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York Theatre Royal design appointed

9th October 2013

Architects have been appointed to design a planned revamp of York’s Theatre Royal. The theatre made it through the first stage of an Arts Council grants process in January, gaining financial support to develop detailed proposals for a project which would redesign the front of its site, double the size of public areas and carry out alterations to its main auditorium.

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Campaigners bid to save wartime mobile theatre from Leicestershire County Council funding cuts

9th October 2013

A unique mobile theatre built from Second World War bomb trailers is under threat of closure as part of cost-cutting measures from a local authority, campaigners have claimed. Supporters are urging Leicestershire County Council, which owns the Century Theatre, to continue its management and funding. Now located within Snibston Discovery Park, the 200-seat theatre, which was built in the 1950s, has a dual purpose as both museum exhibit and as a unique venue, hosting events such as lectures, film, music and drama shows.

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Councillors set to accept Perth Theatre's renovation

9th October 2013

Councillors will meet to accept plans for the renovation of Perth Theatre. The venue is set to close its doors for two years in January for a £14.5 million upgrade. When the theatre reopens in 2016, its B-listed Edwardian auditorium will have been returned to its former glory.

The transformation of the 114-year-old building will see the period features restored and offer improved visitor access throughout. Additional creative learning and youth spaces will boost the theatre’s already thriving community programme. And it’s hoped the creation of a studio theatre will bring a new range of drama and music events to the city.

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Brighton council urged to support Hippodrome's return as live venue

9th October 2013

Industry chiefs have written to Brighton and Hove City Council, urging it to support Brighton Hippodrome’s return to being a live performance venue.

Cameron Mackintosh managing director Nicholas Allott, along with Roundhouse artistic director and chief executive Marcus Davey, said that the disused Hippodrome was a “jewel of a space”, arguing that it could serve as a multi-purpose arts venue if restored. Royal Central School of Speech and Drama principal Gavin Henderson added that the 1,400-seat venue could become the home to “one of the major new circus companies” in the UK.

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Brighton council urged to support Hippodrome’s return as live venue

9th October 2013

Industry chiefs have written to Brighton and Hove City Council, urging it to support Brighton Hippodrome’s return to being a live performance venue. The venue was recently named one of the UK’s top theatres at risk from being lost as a performance space by national advisory body the Theatres Trust after proposals to slice up the grade II*-listed building into a cinema complex were revealed.

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Letter: Council should support Plymouth Palace Theatre

9th October 2013

Letter published in Plymouth Herald 9 October 2013 I WAS gratified to read the letter from Plymouth Palace Project Ltd about the work on its restoration. I was disgusted that Plymouth City Council will not grant permission to dispose of rubbish that has built up at a local tip, free of charge or at a reduced rate. I would like to know why?

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Argus Columns: Is there hope for Brighton's Hippodrome?

9th October 2013

Adam Trimingham writes for The Brighton Argus Columns The Hippodrome, like many other Brighton theatres, has had a chequered history, being used over the years as a circus, concert hall, variety centre and ice rink. Laurence Olivier made his acting debut there and fell flat on his face when he appeared on stage. Brighton’s own Max Miller often topped the bill. As bingo in turn declined, the Hippodrome closed completely and it has been empty since 2007. It has been placed at the top of an ‘at risk’ register by the Theatres Trust.

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‘Birthplace of British cinema’ to be refurbished

8th October 2013

Application: 13/08341/FULL & 13/08342/LBC

Westminster City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above application to refurbish the University of Westminster’s Regent Street Cinema at 307-309 Regent Street, London.

The Theatres Trust supported the revised application. Read the Trust’s response

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


Community group 'hope' to take over Taunton's Brewhouse Theatre before Christmas

8th October 2013

The day-to-day running of the Brewhouse Theatre is likely to be handed over to a community group before Christmas, it has emerged.

Taunton Deane Council this week confirmed it has acquired the 61-year lease of the theatre building in Taunton after reaching agreement with administrators BDO. Council bosses and members from community group Taunton Theatre Association (TTA), who are likely to operate the theatre, are locked in meetings ahead of a final decision in December.

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