The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust at 40
A new strategy to protect our theatres

18th April 2016

• Theatres Trust celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016

• To mark the occasion we are launching an exciting new strategy and visual identity

• This will strengthen our impact, protecting the nation’s theatres

• Help us secure the buildings for live theatre through our
Theatres Trust 40 programme


The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce a renewed commitment to the protection of theatres with a new strategy and visual identity and the launch of our Theatres Trust 40 programme of events.

As the voice for theatres we use our knowledge of policy and practice to promote the value and benefits of theatres in use. We want live theatre to have a place in everyone’s lives.

We are committed to delivering a more powerful campaigning voice. Our expert advice will be more visible and more influential in the planning system and within the theatre industry. We will create new opportunities to discover more about theatres, and we will increase the levels of capital grants and funding we provide.

Chair of the Theatres Trust, Tim Eyles, says,
“Our new strategy and visual identity mark the start of an exciting next chapter in the life of the Trust. We are passionate about great live theatre, and I look forward to the Trust’s expertise being channeled with renewed energy to help the nation’s theatres thrive into the future.”

Director of the Theatres Trust, Mhora Samuel, says,
“Our influence means it’s now very rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced. We’re proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it’s ever been. We’ve achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation’s theatres now and in the future.”

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Southsea's Kings Theatre to get £13m facelift

18th April 2016

Story from The News, Portsmouth

Southsea’s Kings Theatre to get £13m facelift

Published 16 April 2016


Gielgud Theatre roof top alterations

18th April 2016

Application: 16/03027/LBC and 16/03026/FULL

The Theatres Trust supported the above planning and listed building applications for the installation of a new air handling unit on the roof of the Gielgud Theatre, and removal of a redundant chimney and roof vent on the Queen’s Theatre.

Read the Trust’s response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


RADA gets go-ahead for 300-seat theatre and on-site student digs

14th April 2016

Story from The Stage

RADA gets go-ahead for 300-seat theatre and on-site student digs

Published 14 April 2016


Stage set for growth of a theatrical haven

14th April 2016

Story from Swindon Advertiser

Stage set for growth of a theatrical haven

Published 14 April 2016


Alnwick Playhouse to become Community Hub

14th April 2016

Story from Northumberland Gazette

Alnwick Playhouse to become Community Hub

Published 14 April 2016


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14th April 2016

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres, turns 40 this year.

To mark the occasion we will be looking at the impact of the Trust’s work on safeguarding theatres across the UK and considering how best to protect theatres for the next 40 years.

Keep up-to-date with industry news and our series of Theatres Trust 40 events throughout 2016 by joining our Press Release Mailing list.

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Seminar: Theatres Trust 40 at PLASA Focus Leeds

13th April 2016

PLASA Focus Leeds
Seminar | 11 May 2016 | 14.15
A Theatres Trust 40 event

We are 40 years old on the 22 July. Join us at a seminar at PLASA Focus Leeds to discuss what we need to be doing today to protect theatres for live theatre tomorrow. What new theatres will we need? How can we protect our existing theatres? And what solutions will help theatres meet the costs of maintenance, refurbishment and modernisation? How can we make best use of the planning system? How is live theatre changing and how will our buildings need to change to meet the needs of theatre makers?

We invite you to debate these questions and be part of our 40th anniversary national conversation.

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First glimpse inside the new look York Theatre Royal

13th April 2016

Story from The Yorkshire Post

First glimpse inside the new look York Theatre Royal

Published 13 April 2016


Bennetts Associates adds pre-rusted steel box to London's Shaftesbury Theatre

13th April 2016

Story from dezeen magazine

Bennetts Associates adds pre-rusted steel box to London’s Shaftesbury Theatre

Published 13 April 2016


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