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Woolwich riverside set to rival London's Southbank Centre

12th April 2017

£40m proposal for major arts hub near new Crossrail station tipped to boost local house prices. The 160,000sq ft space will include a major music venue in a munitions factory and an open-air courtyard theatre, with the first productions planned for late 2018 – read the full story at: Evening Standard: Homes & Property

Woolwich riverside set to rival London’s Southbank Centre

Published 12 April 2017


Village Underground looking to reopen Hackney Arts Centre

12th April 2017

The team behind East London’s Village Underground are behind an ambitious plan to reopen an 81-year-old venue, Hackney Arts Centre, as a multipurpose arts space – read the full story at: Resident Advisor and Arts Professional

Village Underground looking to reopen Hackney Arts Centre

Plans progress for reopening Hackney Arts Centre

Published 12 April 2017


‘Post-truth’ play leads temporary theatre season at Royal Court, London

11th April 2017

London’s Royal Court has a new temporary theatre called The Site, a 50-seat auditorium described as “an experiment in design, collaboration and process” – read the full story at: The Stage

‘Post-truth’ play leads temporary theatre season at Royal Court, London

Published 11 April 2017


Theatres Trust comment on Scarborough Futurist

10th April 2017

On 7 April 2017 Save the Futurist Campaign Group issued legal proceedings against Scarborough Borough Council seeking permission to judicially review its decisions of 9 January and 17 January 2017 to demolish Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre.

The Scarborough Futurist is number 10 on our Theatres at Risk Register 2016.

Please find our comment below:

“In its time as a performance venue the Futurist in Scarborough played a significant role in bringing live entertainment and events to Scarborough. Theatres Trust believe that a renovated Futurist could do the same again – providing real opportunity for an offer which complements the existing theatre provision, and expands the range of entertainment opportunities for both the local community and visitors to Scarborough alike and which would be of real benefit for the town. We have seen the value that the local community places in the Futurist and advocate ensuring that the viability of the theatre is fully considered before any final decision on the demolition of the building is taken.”


Theatres Trust responds to Blackpool Museum proposal for Pavilion at Winter Gardens

10th April 2017

Application: 17/0164 and 17/0165

Theatres Trust raised concerns with the above planning and listed building applications for part demolition and alterations to the Olympia link building, Pavilion Theatre and Horseshoe at the Blackpool Winter Gardens to create a museum with a new public entrance to Adelaide Street.

We are concerned about the impact of the proposed lift core through the centre of the auditorium. We recommended the application be withdrawn to allow the design team to carry out a thorough options analysis that re-examine the visitor circulation needs around the building and explore alternative proposals for the lift core which are in line with the Statement of Significance and the need to sustain and enhance the features of special architectural or historic interest.

We are keen to see the museum project come to fruition and to continue working with the design team to resolve this matter so that the project can move forward.

Read Theatres Trust response

To view the planning documents online, please click here


Former bus depot to be reborn as ‘Almeida of west London’

6th April 2017

The Playground Theatre will open in Ladbroke Grove in October, with the outgoing artistic director of London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, Anthony Biggs, as co-artistic director alongside producer and actor Peter Tate – read the full story at: The Stage

Former bus depot to be reborn as ‘Almeida of west London’

Published 6 April 2017


‘Hidden Door’ Launch Crowd-funding Campaign to Restore Leith Theatre

6th April 2017

A local non-profit arts festival is setting its sights on raising £20,000 to help restore the old Leith Theatre – unused for the last 28 years – in Edinburgh to a fully functioning arts and music venue for the city – read the full story at: Edinburgh Reporter

‘Hidden Door’ Launch Crowd-funding Campaign to Restore Leith Theatre

Published 6 April 2017


Haymarket Theatre will be 'fantastic venue for Leicester' after £3m overhaul is finished in 6 months

6th April 2017

Work on refitting the venue, which closed a decade ago, has started in earnest now the team behind the venture signed a 30-year lease to sub-let the building from the council – read the full story at: Leicester Mercury

Haymarket Theatre will be ‘fantastic venue for Leicester’ after £3m overhaul is finished in 6 months

Published 6 April 2017


Trainspotting director Danny Boyle backs Leith Theatre plea

6th April 2017

A fresh fundraising bid has been launched to transform a derelict Leith Theatre, Edinburgh into a modern entertainment venue supported by director Danny Boyle – read the full story at: Edinburgh Evening News

Trainspotting director Danny Boyle backs Leith Theatre plea

Published 6 April 2017


We need to talk about theatre toilets

6th April 2017

Theatres Trust and the Spend a Penny Scheme has been mentioned in iNews

The Spend a Penny Scheme, run by Theatres Trust from a generous donation by Simon Ruddick, is refered to in another article about the extremes of toilet quality to be found in theatres across London.

“Thank heavens then for the Spend a Penny initiative, run by the Theatres Trust, which has just doled out £15,000 to eight theatres nationwide – including Liverpool’s Royal Court, the Little Angel Theatre in north London and the Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough to improve their women’s and/ or gender-neutral facilities.”

We need to talk about theatre toilets

Published 06 April 2017


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