The Theatres Trust

£200k grant accelerates Theatre Royal Wakefield creative hub plans

20th February 2017

Theatres Trust and the Spend a Penny Scheme have been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust and Spend a Penny were mentioned regarding the plans for a new creative hub at the Theatre Royal Wakefield, which the council granted the project a £200,000 funding boost. This means that “work can now get underway on the theatre’s Centre for Creativity, which will feature a studio theatre, a cafe and bar and better toilets … funded by the Theatres Trust’s Spend a Penny scheme.

£200k grant accelerates Theatre Royal Wakefield creative hub plans
Published 20 February 2017


Grant funding opens doors for theatre campaigners

19th January 2017

Architectural Heritage Fund supports Burnley Empire Viability Study

Campaigners fighting to rescue and restore a derelict theatre in Burnley have received good news this week. The Architectural Heritage Fund have agreed a Project Viability Fund grant of £4000 towards the second phase of the Burnley Empire Viability Study which will allow the group to undertake a buildings evaluation and assess whether the theatre has a commercially viable future.

The funding was applied for by Theatres Trust, on behalf of the Burnley Empire Stakeholders Group, and will be matched by funding raised by Burnley Empire Theatres Trust (BETT). Other members of the Stakeholders Group include Burnley Council, Burnley College, the University of Central Lancashire and Burnley and District Civic Trust. The first phase of the Viability Study was funded by Theatres Trust and Burnley Council, and concluded in December 2016. The overall aim of the Viability Study is to identify a sustainable future for the Grade II Burnley Empire, and provide support for further funding bids which are likely to be needed to restore the theatre.

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Theatres Trust announce winning Spend a Penny theatres

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in Whats On Stage.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “Although my original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Theatres Trust announce winning Spend a Penny theatres
Published 09 January 2017


Eight theatres share £120k Spend a Penny

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “Although my original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Eight theatres share £120k Spend a Penny
Published 09 January 2017


Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies' loos in British theatres

22nd August 2016

Theatres Trust’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in The Telegraph.

Theatres Trust has been mentioned: “The Trust’s Spend a Penny project, announced last week, will see the Ruddicks’ £125,000 divided between 10 theatres across the country whose facilities are deemed be most badly in need of updating; bringing “direct relief to a few” of the nation’s theatregoing women, while “indirectly raising the profile of an issue that is of recurring concern to many”.”

“While the Spend a Penny scheme is targeted at the under-provision of ladies toilets in particular, the Trust is encouraging applications to improve provision of gender-neutral or unisex toilets, as well.”

Meet the couple on a mission to improve ladies’ loos in British theatres
Published 22 August 2016


Theatres can apply for money to upgrade ladies' loos. Who in the North East might apply?

19th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in The Chronicle.

The Theatres Trust was quoted in reference to the British standrd for theatres of 8 toilets for ladies per 500 seats, “Even though this seems inadequate for audiences whose time for use is strictly limited, there are many theatres which do not even meet this standard,”

“The anxiety caused by long queues, with unappealing conditions often awaiting even the lucky few, meaningfully diminishes the joy of theatre for about half the audience.”

“Selected schemes will, at the very least, need to meet British Standard 6465 upon completion.”

Theatres can apply for money to upgrade ladies’ loos. Who in the North East might apply?
Published 19 August 2016


At last, more loos for the ladies at the theatre: New £125,000 fund will help improve facilities for women at venues across the country

18th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and the charity’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in The Daily Mail.

Rebecca Morland, Interim Director was said, “We spend an awful lot of time talking to theatres about what would make them better, and this is always an area that comes up.”

“It’s about helping people to enjoy their trip to the theatre more. If you spend half your time in a queue, you’re not going to be able to spend time in the bar or talking to your friends.”

At last, more loos for the ladies at the theatre: New £125,000 fund will help improve facilities for women at venues across the country
Published 18 August 2016


Philanthropists give £125k to improve ladies’ loos in theatres

17th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s new Spend a Penny scheme have been mentioned in Arts Professional.

Theatres Trust has been mentioned, “The inadequacy of women’s toilet facilities in UK theatres is being directly tackled by the Theatres Trust.”

“Theatres are being invited to apply for grants of up to £15k from the new £125k ‘Spend a Penny’ scheme, which has been funded by a theatre-loving husband and wife.”

“The scheme plans to award grants to ten theatres to improve toilets for women, including unisex and gender neutral facilities.”

Philanthropists give £125k to improve ladies’ loos in theatres
Published 17 August 2016


Spend a Penny scheme to flush £125k into ladies’ theatre toilet improvements

16th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s Spend a Penny scheme has been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust’s new scheme was announced by The Stage saying, “A new £125,000 scheme to improve women’s toilets in theatres across the UK has been launched.”

“The Spend a Penny scheme, run by the Theatres Trust, will offer a total of £125,000 to up to 10 theatres to improve their toilet provision for women, however applications to improve unisex or gender-neutral facilities will also be received.”

Spend a Penny scheme to flush £125k into ladies’ theatre toilet improvements
Published 16 August 2016


Spend a Penny scheme launched to improve women's toilets in theatres

16th August 2016

Theatres Trust’s Spend a Penny scheme has been mentioned in BBC News.

Theatres Trust’s new scheme was quoted by the BBC as saying in reference to the British guidlines specifying 8 ladies’ toilets per 500 seat venue, “Even though this seems inadequate for audiences whose time for use is strictly limited, there are many theatres which do not even meet this standard,”
“The anxiety caused by long queues, with unappealing conditions often awaiting even the lucky few, meaningfully diminishes the joy of theatre for about half the audience.”

Spend a Penny scheme launched to improve women’s toilets in theatres
Published 16 August 2016


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