The Theatres Trust

New car park for Southport Little Theatre

10th February 2017

Application: DC/2017/00220/FULL

The Theatres Trust supported the above application for the creation of a car park for the Southport Little Theatre.

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Theatres Trust statement on Scarborough Futurist

10th February 2017

On 9 January Scarborough Council voted to approve the allocation of £4m Council money for the demolition of the Futurist Theatre. The motion, including the demolition of the adjoining buildings, the theatre and the subsequent necessary stabilisation of the cliff face beyond, was carried by 22 votes to 21, with 1 abstention. The final design for demolition and a new cliff face retention scheme will be brought to planning in early summer. There are no plans yet for a replacement development although theme park Flamingo Land previously expressed an interest.

In the meantime, Historic England has provided notification of its intention to grant a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the building. The 28-day appeal period ends on 27 February. We are considering appealing this decision.

Local support for the building has grown strong over the last few months and campaigners are continuing to battle to save the Futurist: savethefuturist.co.uk.

We support the Save the Futurist campaign group and other stakeholders who would like to see the Futurist Theatre restored for cultural use. It could provide a large scale theatre for the presentation of musicals, comedy, music and drama in Yorkshire, thanks to its capacity and flytower, and would be an immense cultural and economic benefit to the people of Scarborough – at a time when theatre is seen as vitally important in enhancing the social fabric of the communities we now live in.

Scarborough Futurist is on our Theatre Building at Risk Register 2016.


Portobello's George Cinema threatened with demolition

10th February 2017

Application: 16/06447/FUL and 16/06449/LBC

The Theatres Trust objected to the above planning and listed building applications to demolish the former George Cinema in Portobello, Edinburgh, for construction of a residential flat building behind a retained facade. An earlier scheme proposed complete demolition.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here


New bird netting at Sunderland's Empire Theatre

10th February 2017

Application: 16/02260/LBC

The Trust supported the above listed building application to replace bird netting at Sunderland’s Empire Theatre.

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Restoration works to the London Palladium

9th February 2017

Application: 16/11350/FULL and 16/11351/LBC

The Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for works to extend, restore and redecorate the Great Marlborough Street elevation of the London Palladium.

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New lounge to be created at Piccadilly Theatre

8th February 2017

Application: 17/00754/FULL

The Trust supported the above planning application for partial infill of the rear and side passageway around the Piccadilly Theatre to create an additional foyer and lounge floor space.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here


New donations to Theatres Trust archive

7th February 2017

in January 2017 Theatres Trust received two donations to our archive: A volume relating to the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket and a scrapbook previously owned by theatre architect, E. A. Woodrow.

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The Times Obituary: Rod Ham, Theatre Architect

6th February 2017

HAM Roderick Mathieson, aged 91, passed away peacefully. Much admired for his architectural achievements, especially in theatre work, designing the innovative Leatherhead Thorndike Theatre, the Derby Playhouse and the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Funeral at Efford Crematorium, Plymouth, Friday 10th February, 11.30am. No flowers, donations if wished, to Alzheimer’s Society.

Published 3 February 2017 in The Times

Rod Ham was a Life Friend of the Theatres Trust from 1990.


Theatres Trust announce six theatres to be awarded grants from UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that it is awarding six small capital grants to a range of theatres across the country from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE awarding grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status to address urgent building repairs and help theatres in need and at risk.

Grants from the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are awarded as follows:

The Place Theatre, Bedford
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Leatherhead Theatre
Market Theatre, Ledbury
Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Workington

Jon Morgan, Director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, now in its ninth Round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

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We are looking for new Trustees

2nd February 2017

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint seven Trustees to the Theatres Trust board of trustees.

Applicants must have extensive experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

- As a planning lawyer
- As a theatre owner and/or operator
- As a performer or creative team member
- In fundraising and advocacy
- In finance and business management

Details on how to apply can be found here: Theatres Trust Opportunities

Deadline for applications: 15 February 2017


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