The Theatres Trust

Monmouth's Savoy theatre looks to new era

13th August 2012

The trustees of Wales’ oldest theatre building are moving into a new era with a new director. Chris Ryde, who became one of ten trustees in 2010 and was chairman of the charitable trust until last month, has become its full-time director. He will be spearheading the trust’s ambition to make the Savoy a successful entertainment venue that breathes life into the local community. Mr Ryde has taken early retirement from working in the theatre and television industry to take up the challenge.

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Blog: Godalming Rotunda Theatre campaign deadline has landed

11th August 2012

As Douglas Adams said “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by”. And so, thankfully, it has proved with the fight to save the Rotunda. Threatened with losing this beautiful Godalming building to rival residential property development bidders The Rotunda Theatre Group’s campaign team faced a nail biting wait as August 10th came. And then went… blogs Bob Cryer.


London CultureMap launched

11th August 2012

Audiences London Plus has launched CultureMap London. Through this online mapping resource you can investigate how levels of cultural engagement vary across Greater London. It brings together a number of indicators into one place, and provides a tool that can support understanding of audiences and strategic decision making.

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Lowestoft Marina Theatre 'Next Stage Appeal' launched

10th August 2012

People in Waveney were this week invited to “sponsor a seat” at Lowestoft’s biggest theatre as part on an appeal to raise funds for a major expansion of the building. The Marina Theatre has launched The Next Stage appeal to raise £100,000 to more than treble its floor space and fund a major improvement to its facilities.

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Sheffield's Montgomery Theatre to host first professional touring show as redevelopment plans drawn up

9th August 2012

The Montgomery Theatre on Surrey Street seats 420 people and boasts four dressing rooms, yet it remains underused. And that is something that Julie Fancher, the theatre’s creative and performing arts officer, is working hard to change. Along with the rest of the five-strong team at the Sheffield Christian Educational Council, which runs the theatre, Julie is working towards a redevelopment of Montgomery Hall, where the theatre is located.

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Restore Ally Pally's theatre first, say public

8th August 2012

A public consultation on Terry Farrell’s masterplan for a revamp of Alexandra Palace has said work to re-open the existing theatre and BBC studios should be carried out before a planned hotel. The consultation ended in June with a follow-up survey by the Alexandra Park & Charitable Trust, the group which runs the north London venue.

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Campaign mounted to save Salford theatre

8th August 2012

A campaign has been launched to save Salford’s Victoria Theatre from being bought by property developers.

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Bid to bring Welholme Galleries back into use attracts widespread support

8th August 2012

A plan to transform Welholme Galleries into a theatre and community hub has received much support. As revealed in the Grimsby Telegraph last week, a charitable trust wants to bring the iconic Grimsby landmark back into public use once again, creating jobs and training opportunities for local people. The £1.25 million proposal would see the grade two listed building house a 250-seater theatre and an entirely redeveloped space to host exercise classes, social gatherings and free community events.

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Andrew Lloyd Webber on London 2012: I was wrong about West End bloodbath

7th August 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber has admitted he was wrong to predict a West End “bloodbath” during the Olympics after figures showed takings for his theatres have risen by 25 per cent since the Games began.

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Trafford's Waterside Arts Centre gets £56,000 boost

6th August 2012

Waterside Arts Centre is to receive an exciting makeover thanks to an award of more than £56,000 from Arts Council England. The funding will allow the Chambers space at Waterside to be developed so that it can host a broad range of performances including live music, comedy and theatre in a professional-standard environment. It will also be used to secure three new theatre commissions from independent theatre companies.

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