The Theatres Trust

Not looking out for the little guy: Mhora Samuel examines how budget VAT increases will affect listed theatres

9th April 2012

On 21 March the Government announced proposals to introduce standard rate VAT on approved alterations to listed buildings owned or run by charities. On first sight this might appear to affect many theatres. The Theatres Trust estimates that around 750 theatres are listed across the UK – a significant number given that there are approximately 2,150 theatres in the UK, over half of which operate as theatres.

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Curtain up on Capita's Sherman Cymru Cardiff theatre revamp

6th April 2012

The Sherman Cymru theatre in Cardiff has re-opened following a £6.5 million refurbishment overseen by Capita Symonds. The revamp of the 1973 twin-auditorium venue included a new shell, redesigned foyer space, improved rehearsal space and a dedicated room for writers’ workshops. The scheme was led by architect Jonathan Adams at Capita Architecture, who also designed the Wales Millennium Centre.

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Opera-loving 'angel' makes donation to the tune of £10k for King’s Head theatre

6th April 2012

An opera-loving “angel” has come to the aid of Islington’s financially strapped King’s Head theatre with a donation of £10,000. Hampstead businessman John Keevill is so smitten by the popular small operas presented regularly the pub theatre that he has also invested £5,000 in the current production of Carmen due to finish on May 6.

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‘Sea change’ plan for historic Scarborough Futurist

5th April 2012

The historic Futurist Theatre could be transformed into a hotel with panoramic viewing platforms over the stunning South Bay vista. The radical proposal for a “new street towards the sea” has been submitted to Scarborough Council with scope for a cinema and restaurant complex on the site. The move, which is only currently at tentative stages, also includes drawings which would bring King Street further into the town centre, by providing a plethora of new shops, restaurants and bars.

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New C&C Skills survey to understand the success of British theatre

5th April 2012

Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England, and Nesta have joined forces to commission new, independent research into the influence of the subsidised theatre on commercial theatre, with a view to gaining a greater understanding of the role of public investment in the arts.

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Lloyd Webber pledges theatre cash to Theatres Trust

4th April 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation will donate £125,000 which will help support refurbishment projects at local theatres. The money is being given to the Theatres Trust to help launch its Theatres Protection Fund. Venues that hope to improve “their physical condition, accessibility and operational viability” will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000 at a time.

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The Theatres Trust unveils its specialist theatre buildings Reference Library

4th April 2012

The Theatres Trust officially launches its newly catalogued 1500-strong specialist Reference Library on theatre buildings at the Trust’s Resource Centre in the heart of the West End today. The Theatres Trust has created its own specific classification system which covers 34 unique categories ranging from theatre architecture and design and the history of theatres, to set design, acoustics and theatre management.

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Historic Edinburgh Odeon has listing upgraded from B to A

4th April 2012

The former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street has been upgraded from a category B to a category A-listed building by heritage body Historic Scotland. Said to be the only remaining ‘semi-atmospheric’ cinema in Scotland, the building is now deemed one of around 10,000 examples of “national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.”

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Arts Council cash boost brings Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal fundraising target another step closer

3rd April 2012

The New Theatre Royal is on the brink of reaching the £4m target needed to radically redevelop part of the fire-damaged playhouse. Portsmouth’s oldest theatre is to be awarded a £750,000 grant from Arts Council England – one only four places in the south to receive money in the latest round of grants. This means work can finally start on restoring and expanding the areas of the Guildhall Walk playhouse’s backlot that were destroyed by fire in 1972.

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Witney Corn Exchange revamp design contest

3rd April 2012

Witney Town Council has launched a design contest for its Grade II-listed Corn Exchange Theatre, which closed last year Seeking new uses for the 1863 building, the project requires entrants to submit proposals for three options covering refurbishment, remodelling and redevelopment.

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