The Theatres Trust

Community Infrastructure Levy Consultation

30th December 2011

Policy Consultation

The Theatres Trust has made comments on the Community Infrastructure Levy: Detailed proposals and draft regulations for reform consultation. Read the Trust’s response.

To view details of the consultation online, please click here.


Crumbling Harperley PoW camp and theatre gets £500,000

30th December 2011

A former World War II prisoner of war camp is to undergo repairs thanks to a donation of £500,000. English Heritage is spending the money on the canteen and theatre at Harperley camp near Crook, County Durham. Now English Heritage is hoping to save the camp and will carry out repairs at the site over two years. It is hoped it will become a tourist attraction.

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Great support for bid to save hidden gem of Hulme Hippodrome

28th December 2011

Tony Wright has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to save the huge Grade II listed building in Hulme which once hosted Laurel and Hardy and The Beatles. With an ornate three-tier theatre and ballroom, it is likely cost around £20m to renovate. But since being featured in the M.E.N three months ago Tony, operations manager for social enterprise Youth Village, says he has been inundated with offers of help.

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Planning laws threaten local theatres

26th December 2011

The National Planning Policy Framework has already been criticised for threatening the countryside, historic buildings and even ancient woodland. Now it has emerged there is nothing in the document to protect cultural facilities like theatres, which contribute to the spirit of many communities. The Theatres Trust, an advisory body to the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), fears that the “presumption in favour of sustainable development” could encourage builders to knock down performing arts centres to build offices or expensive housing.

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Wave of support secures Hull Truck Theatre's future

26th December 2011

Hull Truck Theatre’s future is secure after theatre-goers rescued it from a £500,000 funding crisis. The theatre made a desperate plea for support after soaring overheads, funding cuts and dwindling audiences left it facing the major cash shortfall over four years.

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Newcastle Theatre Royal photographs raise cash

24th December 2011

Photographs telling the story of a theatre’s transformation are raising money for a charity close to their creator’s heart. Amateur Tyneside photographer Rory Gibson, 53, was at Tyneside’s Theatre Royal day and night while work to revamp the Victorian building was carried out. Pieced together, his images show stage-by-stage a city’s theatre painstakingly restored to its former glory.

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ACE’s Roddy Gauld named Bolton Octagon chief executive

23rd December 2011

Roddy Gauld, currently director of National Portfolio at Arts Council England, has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. At the Octagon Theatre he replaces John Blackmore, who is leaving to pursue his freelance work as a theatre consultant following twelve years at the venue.

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Culture and arts endorsed by CLG Select Committee’s draft National Planning Policy Framework Inquiry

21st December 2011

The Theatres Trust is delighted to see the recognition given to culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report into the draft National Planning Policy Framework published today.

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Theatre funding cuts approved by Barking and Dagenham council

21st December 2011

The Broadway Theatre is set to close after the council decided to withdraw its funding. The council has insisted that professional performances will continue to be staged at the venue – despite senior councillors giving the go-ahead to savings proposals which include the termination of the Barking theatre’s grant at last week’s cabinet meeting. This is despite a 411-strong petition from users of the theatre who objected to the plans.

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Select committee calls on government to recognise arts in planning policy

21st December 2011

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has called for the final version of the government’s revamped planning policy to include specific reference to the arts, following complaints that the original document ignored culture.

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