The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust responds to Blackpool Museum proposal for Pavilion at Winter Gardens

10th April 2017

Application: 17/0164 and 17/0165

Theatres Trust raised concerns with the above planning and listed building applications for part demolition and alterations to the Olympia link building, Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe at the Blackpool Winter Gardens to create a museum with a new public entrance to Adelaide Street.

We are concerned about the impact of the proposed lift core through the centre of the auditorium. We recommended the application be withdrawn to allow the design team to carry out a thorough options analysis that re-examine the visitor circulation needs around the building and explore alternative proposals for the lift core which are in line with the Statement of Significance and the need to sustain and enhance the features of special architectural or historic interest.

We are keen to see the museum project come to fruition and to continue working with the design team to resolve this matter so that the project can move forward.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here

We need to talk about theatre toilets

6th April 2017

Theatres Trust and the Spend a Penny Scheme has been mentioned in iNews

The Spend a Penny Scheme, run by Theatres Trust from a generous donation by Simon Ruddick, is refered to in another article about the extremes of toilet quality to be found in theatres across London.

“Thank heavens then for the Spend a Penny initiative, run by the Theatres Trust, which has just doled out £15,000 to eight theatres nationwide – including Liverpool’s Royal Court, the Little Angel Theatre in north London and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough to improve their women’s and/ or gender-neutral facilities.”

We need to talk about theatre toilets

Published 06 April 2017

Theatres Trust submission to Government consultation on business rates

5th April 2017

Business Rates – Consultation on the design and implementation of the locally administered Business Rates Relief Scheme

Theatres are often positioned in the centre of towns and cities playing a significant impact in their economic and social standing. The rates relief offered through the scheme under consultation should encourage local authorities to recognise the value that cultural venues bring to their area and the disproportionate impact that increases in costs from business rates will have on the viability of their theatres.

Read the Trust’s response

Go to the DCLG Consultation

Theatres Trust UK Small Grants Scheme Round 10 deadline approaching

3rd April 2017

Is your theatre in need of urgent building repairs, are you looking to improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, or enhance physical accessibility? Round 10 of our UK Small Grants Scheme is accepting applications.

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Theatres Trust announces new Meeting Room event space

3rd April 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have a new event space, the Study Room, available for hire at Theatres Trust. The Study Room can accommodate 6 people board room style and is available form 9:00 – 18:00 weekdays.

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Liverpool's Forum to be transformed into a music venue

29th March 2017

Application: 17F/0599 and 17L/0603

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for alterations and the change of use of the former Forum/ ABC Super Cinema to form a mixed use performance and music venue.

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

Refurbishment and access improvements planned for Weymouth's Pavilion Theatre

28th March 2017

Application: WP/17/00218/FUL

The Trust supported the above planning application for extensions to Weymouth’s Pavilion Theatre to facilitate the installation of a lift.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here

Industry groups give evidence on UK theatre

13th March 2017

The Lords Select Communications Committee holds its first oral evidence sessions of its new inquiry into Skills for the theatre industry.

Using the theatre as a case study, the Committee examines how the UK can nurture and develop the talent needed to maintain the success of this country’s creative industries.

When: Tuesday 14 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

Possible questions that the witnesses may face include:

- What data and information is there regarding a possible future skills gap in the theatre industry? Is more research needed in this area?
- What role does Government policy play in this sector, in relation to schools, further and higher education?
- How does the development and maintenance of roles in the theatre support and interact with the roles in the wider creative economy?

Find out more about the Inquiry into Skills for the theatre industry

London Coliseum improving speaker system

9th March 2017

Application: 17/00769/LBC

The Trust supported the above listed building application to install delay bars and speaker brackets in the auditorium of the London Coliseum.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here

Institute of Contemporary Art proposes refurbishment

9th March 2017

Application: 17/00746/FULL & 17/00747/LBC

The Trust commented on the above planning and listed building applications for new entrances and alterations to the Institute of Contemporary Art on The Mall.

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To view the planning documents online, please click here

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