The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust comments on Royal Victoria Hall Southborough closure

7th January 2015

The Royal Victoria Hall, Southborough is the first theatre to close in 2015. Southborough Town Council shut the theatre on the 5 January 2015 after the final performance of its successful pantomime. It intends to demolish the existing theatre and replace it with a new “community hub” for Southborough.

The Theatres Trust is very concerned that the Council’s plans have not addressed the local community’s close association with the existing theatre. The Council has indicated that the new hub could include a new flexible theatre and community space, but has come up with no definitive plans or designs for a replacement theatre that would reflect the ambience, overall form and feel of the existing building.

The recently rebuilt Liverpool Everyman Theatre which won the acclaimed Stirling Prize, took its inspiration from its former building.

The Royal Victoria Hall has been on the Trust’s TBAR Register since 2012.

We have advocated that the existing auditorium could be retained within any future development, particularly as the theatre is part of the town’s history and a gift of David Salomons.

The Theatres Trust does, however, intend to work with the Council and other stakeholders as a statutory consultee to ensure a new cultural venue for the town is at least equivalent to the existing, or is an improved, performance space.

We have already offered Southborough Town Council an Advisory Review of plans through our Advice Service, and look forward to seeing plans at the Pre-Application stage along with local stakeholders in the near future.


Corwen Pavilion campaigners vow to fight for new venue

6th January 2015

Read more at North Wales Daily Post
Corwen Pavilion campaigners vow to fight for new venue
Published 6 January 2015


Les Miserables and Curious Incident halted by power cut

6th January 2015

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Les Miserables and Curious Incident halted by power cut
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DIY SOS star says Southborough Royal Victoria Hall campaign is 'hot air' without business plan

6th January 2015

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DIY SOS star says Royal Victoria Hall campaign is ‘hot air’ without business plan
Published 6 January 2015


Decision on sale of York Theatre Royal to be made

6th January 2015

Read more at York Press
Decision on sale of York Theatre Royal to be made
Published 6 January 2015


Power back in people's hands to have a say over future development

5th January 2015

Communities looking to have their say over the future development of their local area will have all the information they need at their fingertips, thanks to a new guide to the planning system published by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis published a new plain English guide to how England’s planning system works, making clear the opportunities for people to get involved in the debate over what gets built in their neighbourhood.

Source: Department for Communities and Local Government


Demolition of Corwen Pavilion began today

5th January 2015

Read more in News North Wales
Demolition of Corwen Pavilion began today
Published 5 January 2015


Corwen Pavilion to be demolished today

5th January 2015

Read more in North Wales Daily Post
Corwen Pavilion to be demolished today
Published 5 January 2015


Mhora Samuel comments in The Stage on the big issues that face the industry in 2015

5th January 2015

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, has commented on the big issues that face the industry in 2015 for The Stage, the weekly for the entertainment industry,

“There is a growing gap between theatres that are investment rich and those that are funding poor. Ambitious regeneration-led new theatre developments will emerge alongside others being sold off by local authorities or affected by cuts. Our answer? Empower communities and build relationships with investors and developers to create new delivery models and more resilient theatres”.

Comment appeared in The Stage, print copy, 1 January 2015, page 22.

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The Stage opinion: Looking into the crystal ball for arts funding in 2015

5th January 2015

Read more at The Stage Opinion: Arts Funding
Looking into the crystal ball for arts funding in 2015
Published 5 January 2015


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