The Theatres Trust

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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The Times Obituary: Rod Ham, Theatre Architect

7th 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. Read Tim Foster’s obituary of Roderick Ham published on 2 February 2017 in The Guardian


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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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


New hotel proposed next to Camden's Koko

31st January 2017

Application: 2016/6960/L and 2016/6959/P

The Trust responded to the above applications for the external restoration of the former Camden Palace Theatre, now known as Koko, and the redevelopment of former Hope and Anchor Public House and buildings to the rear of the theatre as a hotel, including a glazed roof top extension and use of the dome as a bar.

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Belper's former Thorntons Factory to be redeveloped for community purposes

30th January 2017

Application: AVA/2017/0041, AVA/2017/0043, AVA/2017/0044

Amber Valley Council consulted the Theatres Trust on the above planning applications for the demolition of the former Thorntons factory building behind a partially retained façade, and development of a care centre and library (full application) and a D1/D2 community facility (outline application). The Empire Palace Theatre operated on this site in Belper between 1911 and 1914. The Trust raises no objections to this application.

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Wimbledon's Polka Theatre set to expand and upgrade facilities

26th January 2017

Application: 16/P4619

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning application to upgrade and expand the facilities at the Polka Theatre by creating a new adventure theatre, education space and rehearsal room, and the renewal of the various front and back of house facilities and offices.

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