The Theatres Trust

Ayr Gaiety Theatre reopens after four years of refurbishment

13th December 2012

Ayr Gaiety theatre, a popular entertainment venue in Ayrshire, has reopened after four years of refurbishment. It closed its doors to the public in 2008 for repairs to its main auditorium. It reopened on Tuesday 11th December.

Read full story


Leading philanthropist: ‘Arts must make better case for private cash’

13th December 2012

Arts organisations need to better articulate the regeneration benefits they can bring to town and city centres when approaching private donors, according to a leading philanthropist.

Read full story


V&A app showcases theatre photo archive

13th December 2012

Images of famous 20th century British theatre productions that were captured by photographer Douglas H Jeffery have been revealed in a new collection available to view at the V&A museum. Both official photocall shots and rehearsal scenes from shows such as Peter Brook’s 1970 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Royal Shakespeare Company now feature within the museum’s archive.

Read full story


Bradford's Odeon plans music venue

13th December 2012

Bradford’s former Odeon cinema could be given a £19m revamp, according to a group called Bradford Live. It believes the venue could host live events up to 200 times a year and bring “thousands of people” into the city.

Read full story


Blog: Do theatres have to close down before the government acts on the arts?

12th December 2012

The Arts Council’s £11.6m budget cut can only lead to cancelled productions, job losses and boarded-up theatres. But out of sight is out of mind for this government blogs Lyn Gardner for The Guardian Theatre Blog.


Matlock Bath pavilion sold for £1 to community group

12th December 2012

The Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath was taken over by a local community group three years ago. The Derbyshire Dales District Council voted to sell the building to the Matlock Bath Pavilion Group for the nominal sum of £1. The group hopes to renovate and restore the building, if the millions of pounds required can be raised.

Read full story


Shoreditch venue proposed on Shakespeare theatre site

12th December 2012

A 235-seat theatre in Shoreditch, London, has been proposed to occupy a site where Shakespeare’s works are thought to have been first performed. The London Borough of Hackney has received a planning application from the Belvedere Trust to create a six-storey building that would include a three-floor theatre and a display area for archaeological remains of the 16th century theatre that were discovered there.

Read full story


World Cities Culture Report reveals how culture is as important as finance and trade to the success of a city

10th December 2012

The World Cities Culture Report 2012 launched in July 2012 was the first ever systematic attempt to gather data on cultural activity and infrastructure in major cities. The report shows how embedded culture is in the fabric of these great cities and how, when done properly, it can play a central role in making a city a great place to live, but also create prosperity by attracting international visitors and inward investment. Munira Mirza explains why for Arts Professional


Glasgow Odeon redevelopment to start

10th December 2012

Work to build a £60 million office and retail scheme on the site of the old Odeon Cinema and Paramount music venue in Glasgow city centre will start next month. Demolition of much of the building, which hosted stars such as The Beatles in its heyday, is due to begin in December following the sale of the bulk of the site to investors by Duddingston House Properties.

Read full story


New plan to save Dudley Hippodrome theatre submitted

8th December 2012

Campaigners who want to stop a West Midlands theatre being demolished and turned into a car park have submitted a new business plan to run it. The Friends of Dudley Hippodrome group want the 1,700-seat venue to reopen as a community theatre. Dudley Council plans to knock it down as part of its £10m Castle Hill regeneration project.

Read full story


The Theatres Trust

22 Charing Cross Road
London WC2H 0QL

T 020 7836 8591
F 020 7836 3302

Have you seen?

View from the stage at the Civic Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, January 2011.
Civic Hall (Stratford-upon-Avon)
Stratford-upon-Avon

Protecting theatres for everyone

The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres