The Theatres Trust

Grants boost for Ledbury's busy theatre

11th February 2017

Theatres Trust, and the UK Small Grants Scheme have been mentioned in Worcester News.

The Trust was quoted saying “The Market Theatre, Ledbury receives a grant of £5,000 towards a new, purpose-built, multi-purpose studio, which will be used for rehearsal space and as an additional dressing room space – where currently it has neither.”

Grants boost for Ledbury’s busy theatre
Published 11 February 2017


Theatres Trust statement on Scarborough Futurist

10th February 2017

On 9 January Scarborough Council voted to approve the allocation of £4m Council money for the demolition of the Futurist Theatre. The motion, including the demolition of the adjoining buildings, the theatre and the subsequent necessary stabilisation of the cliff face beyond, was carried by 22 votes to 21, with 1 abstention. The final design for demolition and a new cliff face retention scheme will be brought to planning in early summer. There are no plans yet for a replacement development although theme park Flamingo Land previously expressed an interest.

In the meantime, Historic England has provided notification of its intention to grant a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the building. The 28-day appeal period ends on 27 February. We are considering appealing this decision.

Local support for the building has grown strong over the last few months and campaigners are continuing to battle to save the Futurist: savethefuturist.co.uk.

We support the Save the Futurist campaign group and other stakeholders who would like to see the Futurist Theatre restored for cultural use. It could provide a large scale theatre for the presentation of musicals, comedy, music and drama in Yorkshire, thanks to its capacity and flytower, and would be an immense cultural and economic benefit to the people of Scarborough – at a time when theatre is seen as vitally important in enhancing the social fabric of the communities we now live in.

Scarborough Futurist is on our Theatre Building at Risk Register 2016.


New donations to Theatres Trust archive

7th February 2017

in January 2017 Theatres Trust received two donations to our archive: A volume relating to the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket and a scrapbook previously owned by theatre architect, E. A. Woodrow.

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Six theatres get new improvement grants

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust, and the UK Small Grants Scheme have been mentioned in British Theatre Guide.

Theatres Trust’s press release on the recipients for the ninth round of UK Small Grants Scheme was published by the British Theatre Guide. It included details on the projects the Trust will support for: The Place Theatr in Bedford, Plough Arts Centre in Devon, Market Theatre in Ledbury, Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath, Leatherhead Theatre in Surrey and Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington

Six theatres get new improvement grants
Published 06 February 2017


Six theatres share £27k to carry out improvement work

6th February 2017

Jon Morgan Director of Theatres Trust, and the UK Small Grants Scheme have been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan was quoted, saying “I’m proud that our UK theatres small grants scheme, now in its ninth round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

Six theatres share £27k to carry out improvement work
Published 06 February 2017


The Times Obituary: Rod Ham, Theatre Architect

6th February 2017

HAM Roderick Mathieson, aged 91, passed away peacefully. Much admired for his architectural achievements, especially in theatre work, designing the innovative Leatherhead Thorndike Theatre, the Derby Playhouse and the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Funeral at Efford Crematorium, Plymouth, Friday 10th February, 11.30am. No flowers, donations if wished, to Alzheimer’s Society.

Published 3 February 2017 in The Times

Rod Ham was a Life Friend of the Theatres Trust from 1990.


Theatres Trust announce six theatres to be awarded grants from UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that it is awarding six small capital grants to a range of theatres across the country from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE awarding grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status to address urgent building repairs and help theatres in need and at risk.

Grants from the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are awarded as follows:

The Place Theatre, Bedford
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Leatherhead Theatre
Market Theatre, Ledbury
Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Workington

Jon Morgan, Director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, now in its ninth Round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

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Letter: Money could be better spent

2nd February 2017

Theatres Trust has been mentioned in letter to the editor in The Scarborough News.

The Trust was mentioned amongst those will to provide support and advice on how best to reinvigorate The Futurist Theatre, Scarborough in a letter to the editor about the financial arguments between restoration and demolition. The latter including the cost of having to reinforce the cliff as the theatre building is removed.

Letter: Money could be better spent
Published 2 February 2017


‘Now the real journey begins’

2nd February 2017

‘Now the real journey begins’ – A look behind the scenes at Letchworth’s Broadway Theatre, set to open on Tuesday night

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Royston Crow

Published 02 February 2017


Revolving auditorium planned for new Liverpool theatre

2nd February 2017

A new theatre featuring a revolving auditorium is to be built in Liverpool as part of plans for a creative district in the city – read the full story with The Stage

Revolving auditorium planned for new Liverpool theatre

Published 02 February 2017


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