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5 London theatres awarded vital funding to improve accessibility and working conditions

7th December 2016

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients include Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Tricycle Theatre, Young Actors Theatre and Omnibus.

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New Theatres Adviser Tom Stickland to start 30 January

5th December 2016

From 30 January 2017 we are delighted to welcome Tom Stickland as Theatres Adviser. Tom will be taking over from Rebecca Morland, who will be returning to work as an arts management consultant. Tom will provide advice around the effective operation of theatres, including fundraising and viability. He will also be responsible for the Trust’s several grant-giving programmes, and for the Building Better Theatres Workshop programme.

Tom joins us from leading regional theatre operator HQ Theatres and Hospitality where, as Business Manager, he led on areas of business development and planning. Prior to this he was the national administrator for Arts Council England’s Cultural Olympiad programme and the evaluation of the London 2012 Festival programme, and has been a freelance venue manager, operating venues of all sizes.

The Theatres Adviser can be contacted on advice@theatrestrust.org.uk


Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation announces Urgent Repairs Scheme

28th November 2016

Theatres Trust has announced an Urgent Repairs Scheme , a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

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Autumn statement 2016: £3m cultural fund to include study into arts’ educational benefits

23rd November 2016

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, has announced the autumn statement, which includes plans to invest £1.6 million directly in Southampton’s new city centre arts complex, Studio 144 – read the full story with The Stage

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Campaigners joy as Burnley Empire Theatre project is viable

21st November 2016

Volunteers fighting to save Burnley’s 122-year-old former theatre said they are ‘jumping for joy’ after surveyors gave their hopes a massive boost. The Burnley Empire Theatre is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – read the full story with Lancashire Telegraph

Campaigners joy as Burnley Empire Theatre project is viable

Published 21 November 2016


First look at £8m arts venue set to change face of Sunderland culture

7th November 2016

Work has already begun on the £3million transformation of the Old Fire Station off High Street West into a restaurant, cafe, heritage centre and dance and drama studio due to open next autumn – read the full story with Sunderland Echo

First look at £8m arts venue set to change face of Sunderland culture

Published 07 November 2016


Southborough Hub verdict to be delivered this week by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

7th November 2016

Plans for the proposed Southborough Hub are due to be considered by borough council planning bosses again this week. The Southborough Hub development will replace the Royal Victoria Hall, which is currently on our Theatre Buildings at Risk register – read the full story with Kent Live

Southborough Hub verdict to be delivered this week by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Published 07 November 2016


18 - 19 January | PLASA Focus returns to Glasgow

2nd November 2016

Registration is open for PLASA Focus Glasgow 2017 taking place from 18 – 19 January at the SECC, Glasgow. After a successful second edition, PLASA Focus Glasgow has grown to become the industry’s essential meeting place for events professionals in the Scottish region. Register now to keep up-to-date with announcements over the coming weeks.

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Tricycle's scaffolding theatre structure available free to a good home

2nd November 2016

The iconic scaffolding theatre structure designed by architect Tim Foster in 1979 is about to be removed from the theatre and is available for re-use. The theatre has a capacity of appx. 240 seats and is readily dismantled and re-erected. The space required to accommodate it is approx.12m wide x 17m long x 6.8m high.

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14 Nov | Theatres Trust at Theatrecraft 2016

1st November 2016

Theatres Trust will be exhibiting at Theatrecraft 2016 on 14 November at the Waldorf on the Aldwych, London.

Are you between 16 and 25 and interested in a backstage career in theatre? This is your chance to find out about Theatres Trust work protecting theares, including how to access to our Archive and Collections to support your studies, more about the nature and scope of volunteering opportunities at our central London office, and how to join Theatres Trust as a student member.

From direction to stage management, producing to marketing, lighting to designing, TheatreCraft 2016 is the only place to be for a unique glimpse into careers ‘behind the scenes’ in theatre.

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