The Theatres Trust

‘Sea change’ plan for historic Scarborough Futurist

5th April 2012

The historic Futurist Theatre could be transformed into a hotel with panoramic viewing platforms over the stunning South Bay vista. The radical proposal for a “new street towards the sea” has been submitted to Scarborough Council with scope for a cinema and restaurant complex on the site. The move, which is only currently at tentative stages, also includes drawings which would bring King Street further into the town centre, by providing a plethora of new shops, restaurants and bars.

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New C&C Skills survey to understand the success of British theatre

5th April 2012

Creative & Cultural Skills, Arts Council England, and Nesta have joined forces to commission new, independent research into the influence of the subsidised theatre on commercial theatre, with a view to gaining a greater understanding of the role of public investment in the arts.

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Lloyd Webber pledges theatre cash to Theatres Trust

4th April 2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s charitable foundation will donate £125,000 which will help support refurbishment projects at local theatres. The money is being given to the Theatres Trust to help launch its Theatres Protection Fund. Venues that hope to improve “their physical condition, accessibility and operational viability” will be able to apply for a grant of £5,000 at a time.

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The Theatres Trust unveils its specialist theatre buildings Reference Library

4th April 2012

The Theatres Trust officially launches its newly catalogued 1500-strong specialist Reference Library on theatre buildings at the Trust’s Resource Centre in the heart of the West End today. The Theatres Trust has created its own specific classification system which covers 34 unique categories ranging from theatre architecture and design and the history of theatres, to set design, acoustics and theatre management.

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Historic Edinburgh Odeon has listing upgraded from B to A

4th April 2012

The former Odeon Cinema on Clerk Street has been upgraded from a category B to a category A-listed building by heritage body Historic Scotland. Said to be the only remaining ‘semi-atmospheric’ cinema in Scotland, the building is now deemed one of around 10,000 examples of “national or international importance, either architectural or historic, or fine little-altered examples of some particular period, style or building type.”

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Arts Council cash boost brings Portsmouth’s New Theatre Royal fundraising target another step closer

3rd April 2012

The New Theatre Royal is on the brink of reaching the £4m target needed to radically redevelop part of the fire-damaged playhouse. Portsmouth’s oldest theatre is to be awarded a £750,000 grant from Arts Council England – one only four places in the south to receive money in the latest round of grants. This means work can finally start on restoring and expanding the areas of the Guildhall Walk playhouse’s backlot that were destroyed by fire in 1972.

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Witney Corn Exchange revamp design contest

3rd April 2012

Witney Town Council has launched a design contest for its Grade II-listed Corn Exchange Theatre, which closed last year Seeking new uses for the 1863 building, the project requires entrants to submit proposals for three options covering refurbishment, remodelling and redevelopment.

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Farrells to masterplan Ally Pally regeneration

2nd April 2012

Alexandra Palace has appointed Terry Farall & Partners to undertake strategic spatial masterplanning work for the regeneration of the historic Grade II listed destination and entertainment venue in North London. The complex regeneration of Alexandra Palace began last year. It will see the much loved Palace, which has been entertaining people for almost 140 years, repaired and restored to ensure a sustainable future as a live music, sports and events destination, building on its rich heritage.

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New plans for Bradford's former Odeon proposed by anonymous developer

1st April 2012

A developer has drawn up plans which it is hoped will save Bradford’s former Odeon from demolition. The developer, who wishes to remain anonymous, wants to buy the building, restore it and turn it into a performing arts centre.

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London venues win half of ACE's capital development arts budget

30th March 2012

Four of the most acclaimed cultural venues in London are to receive nearly half of the Arts Council England £114?million refurbishment budget.

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