The Theatres Trust

Tunbridge Wells’ Royal Victoria Hall to be reborn as Southborough Hub

26th September 2016

Theatres Trust, Planning Adviser Ross Anthony has been quoted in The Stage.

“Given Southborough Town Council’s decision to close the Royal Victoria Hall, the Theatres Trust welcomes and supports the provision of a new theatre and cultural facility within the proposed Southborough Hub development,” a letter to the council from Theatres Trust planning adviser Ross Anthony said.

The letter went on to say that while the trust generally supported the scheme, it was concerned that the project was proceeding “without a decision on who and how the theatre component will be operated, nor a clear understanding of what facilities the theatre and hall users actually need”..

Tunbridge Wells’ Royal Victoria Hall to be reborn as Southborough Hub
Published 26 September 2016


‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

23rd September 2016

The Futurist Theatre, currently a Theatre Building at Risk is featured in the Scarborough News – Read the full story with Scarborough News

‘Seafront eyesore cannot just go on’

Published 22 September 2016


Open up! Archive Project:
The Lifecycle of Theatres

22nd September 2016

Harrogate Kursaal The architectural plans held at Theatres Trust are varied and numerous. Whilst cataloguing them for the Open up! Project we have been able to see the different types of proposals for each theatre, and what really interests me is looking at the different stages in the lifecycle of theatres – from being built, in use/maintained, and sometimes in other uses, at risk, or demolished. Theatres Trust gets involved with theatres at all stages in their lifecycle, advising on new theatres and theatre redevelopments, and campaigning for theatres at risk.

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Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure

14th September 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and Trustee Dara Ó Briain discuss the 10th Annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – Lincolnshire Reporter.

Dara Ó Briain, said: “As a touring standup comedian I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years.”

Comedian Dara Ó Briain calls for Spilsby Theatre to be saved from closure
Published 13 September 2016


Six theatre buildings added to Theatres Trust Risk Register

12th September 2016

Theatres Trust’s Interim Director Rebecca Morland and Trustee Dara Ó Briain discuss the 10th Annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – What’s On Stage.

Interim Director of the trust Rebecca Morland said: “Each theatre on the Register has an important place in its community. Our experience shows us that where campaign groups are in place, they can make a real difference to the future of these theatres. “

Comedian and Theatres Trust trustee Dara Ó Briain commented: “I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years. But we can’t take that for granted.”

Six theatre buildings added to Theatres Trust Risk Register
Published 12 September 2016


Theatres Trust releases 10th annual Theatre Buildings at Risk Register

12th September 2016

Today. Monday 12 September 2016, Theatres Trust reveals the 36 theatres at most risk across the UK, and Trustee Dara Ó Briain calls on everyone who cares about theatre to join the campaign to protect them.

Of the 36 theatres on the 2016 Register there are 6 new theatres: 3 in England, and 3 in Scotland – these include 3 theatres which have, sadly, returned to the Register.

There has been some fantastic progress for theatres still on the Register, and in this, our 40th year, we’re celebrating those campaign groups who fight so hard to demonstrate their potential viability, and the role that those theatres can play in their communities.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Dara Ó Briain, has lent his support to raise awareness of our campaign by fronting a video introducing some of the excellent work done by community groups around the country, many of whom have submitted video reports highlighting their work protecting the theatres they love.

Dara Ó Briain, said: “As a touring standup comedian I have travelled up and down this country and worked in many of the theatres here and you have a unique and rich heritage of theatres that were built in the last 200 years. But we can’t take that for granted. Local community support is vital in breathing new life into theatres. If a theatre in your community was in danger of being lost forever would you help fight for it? There are 36 theatres all over the country on our Register at the moment. Please join the campaign to save them or make a donation.”

Rebecca Morland, Interim Director of Theatres Trust, said: “Each theatre on the Register has an important place in its community. Our experience shows us that where campaign groups are in place, they can make a real difference to the future of these theatres. The progress that has been made with theatres in Brighton, Burnley and Kirkcaldy – to name but three – is a real testament to this.”

The Trust’s At Risk Register launch is generously supported by theatre insurance brokers Integro. Andy Rudge, Head of Theatre, said: “We have been a long standing supporter of the valuable work Theatres Trust undertake within the theatre industry – the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register is integral to their activities – identifying and providing much needed support to organisations when the sustainability and viability of their venue is threatened. It’s vital this work continues to help maintain the cultural landscape of the UK.”

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Open up! Archive Project update

7th September 2016

On August 26th we completed the cataloguing phase of our Open up! Archive Project to catalogue and share our collection of architectural plans of regional theatres, thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Harlequin donates to Theatres Trust Resource Centre

7th September 2016

On 24 August, Harlequin Floor’s Group Marketing Manager, Mark Rasmussen met with Rebecca Morland, Interim Director of Theatres Trust to make a donation toward the upkeep of its Resource Centre, which houses a library, special collections and an archive, as well as dedicated spaces for theatre professionals and scholars to access these.

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Open up! Archive Project:
Not quite curtains for the last remaining act drops

6th September 2016

Patti small One of the pleasures of archiving regional theatre information from the Theatres Trust’s collection has been encountering historical information amongst the technical drawings, design reports, and planning applications. This information often comes in the form of a Conservation or Heritage Report, which many theatres produce in order to make a stronger case for refurbishment or restoration funding, or to prove that any historically significant aspect of the site has been taken into consideration for a theatre’s proposed works.

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Exhibition: Frank Tugwell Architect 1862 - 1940

6th September 2016

Scarborough Library Reference Room are currently hosting an exhibition on Theatre Architect Frank Tugwell, 1862 – 1940 from 22 August to 17 September 2016.

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