The Theatres Trust

Happy 40th Birthday Theatres Trust

22nd July 2016

Today we celebrate turning 40 – 40 years of the Theatres Trust Act which made us a consultee in the planning system, and gave us our remit to protect theatres for everyone!

Theatres Trust 40

Thank you to all our Friends and Corporate Supporters, theatre architects, local authorities, theatre owners, companies and campaign groups who work so hard to keep theatre thriving – and to the theatre goers that enjoy them!

Over on Twitter we’re celebrating our key moments over the past 40 years

Let’s raise a toast to our valuable stock of theatre spaces across the country that make such a vital contribution to the local life and economy in their communities!

With your help we can work to protect theatres for another 40 years – donate today

Statement: Theatres Trust and ABTT reminder about suspended fibrous plaster ceilings in theatres

18th July 2016

The 1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. The new guidance follows the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in 2013. Details of survey requirements can be found on the ABTT website:

Mr Melvin Sandell, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Entertainments, made the following statement to theatre owners:

I will be writing to all local authorities shortly after 1 September to explain that theatres with suspended plaster ceilings should be able to provide evidence that their ceiling has been completely inspected by a competent person and explain how that competence was determined. If by the 1st September you will not yet be able to do this I recommend you contact your local authority as soon as possible to explain what you are doing to ensure the safety of your ceiling and agree the date by which you will have completed an appropriate inspection.

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Focus: Southwark’s Union, the ‘national theatre of fringe musicals’, prepares to move home

14th July 2016

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Focus: Southwark’s Union, the ‘national theatre of fringe musicals’, prepares to move home
Published 11 July 2016

Arts Council England investment 2018 - 2022

14th July 2016

Arts Council England, after consulting with the sector about how they should invest in art and culture, have made some changes to their investment approach for 2018-22. Some of these changes include lengthening National Portfolio agreements from 3 to 4 years, introducing three funding bands into the National Portfolio and Changes to our Grants from the Arts and strategic funding.

To find out more download the consultation report and Arts Council England’s response.

ACE Capital Large Grants scheme open for next round

14th July 2016

ACE has today opened the next round of Capital: Large Grants for applications towards buildings and infrastructure. The minimum capital grant available is £500,000. Grants of £5 million or more are likely to be exceptional.

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BIG Lottery Fund's Coastal Communities Fund Re-opens for Applications (Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland)

14th July 2016

At least £90m of new funding will be available across the UK from 2017/18 to 2020/21. In this funding round public, private and voluntary sector organisations in coastal communities can apply for grants of over £50,000 for projects that support economic diversification regeneration of coastal communities.

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Theatres - Treasure Your Treasures
Heritage Open Days
8-11 September

13th July 2016

Heritage Open Days logo 2016

Every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history, architecture and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

Heritage Open Days is an inclusive event, encouraging different interpretations of heritage and culture around the country.

If you are a theatre and would like to take part in Heritage Open Days you need to meet the four conditions below:

1. Entrance must be FREE!
2. Offer something special:
3. Provide some form of information
4. Take place within the festival dates

Or for more introductory information download the Heritage Open Days invitation to participate leaflet.

Over 50 theatres are already taking part – you can Register your event up to 1 August 2016.

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Croydon’s Fairfield Halls closes its doors for two-year refurbishment

12th July 2016

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in an artivcle in The Stage
Croydon’s Fairfield Halls closes its doors for two-year refurbishment
Published 12 July 2016

Theatres Trust at PLASA London 2016
18 - 20 September 2016
London Olympia

6th July 2016

PLASA Show London 2016

Meet us at PLASA Show where we can help you with advice on planning and development, and expain more about our resources to make theatres sustainable, and the financial assistance we can offer through grants.

Visit us on Stand W14 to discover more about the challenges facing theatres on our 2016 Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, published on 12 September, continue our Conference 16: Protecting Theatres discussions, and pick up a copy of our Autumn Theatres Magazine.

We’ll also be presenting Theatres Trust Green Room: How Can We Help You? on Tuesday 20 September at 2.15pm.

As a supporter of the Theatres Trust we’d love to chat with you about making sure your theatre is the best it can be.

Register to attend free

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Culture Secretary meets key stakeholders following EU referendum outcome

4th July 2016

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Culture Secretary meets key stakeholders following EU referendum outcome
Published 4 July 2016

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