The Theatres Trust

Use of Drury Lane’s Theatre Royal long dock for ancillary theatre space

3rd October 2011

Planning application: 11/07887/FULL

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning application for the use of the Long Dock at the rear of the theatre as ancillary theatre floorspace for the Drury Lane Theatre Royal.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Dovercourt Kingsway Hall open as theatre and arts centre after revamp

3rd October 2011

Kingsway Hall in Dovercourt was just weeks away from being closed down when businessman Tony Woods came forward with vital funding to keep it open. Six months later the stage has been extended, the whole interior repainted, a new lighting and sound system installed, and a new bar built.

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Berwick Maltings is celebrating becoming a blockbuster

3rd October 2011

The Maltings Theatre and Cinema at Berwick, the most northerly in England, has released its annual report and accounts for 2010-11. The venue has gone from selling just 23,000 tickets a year to almost 50,000 in three years. The theatre’s box office income at the year ending March 31 was 44% higher than the previous year. Since 2008, income from ticket sales has increased by 96%.

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Talks on plans to re-open Brighton Hippodrome

3rd October 2011

Plans to bring a much-loved venue back into use are moving forward. Brighton and Hove City Council officials have revealed the owners of the Hippodrome in Middle Street, Brighton, have had meetings with both planning and licensing officers. The Grade II* former ice rink, circus, theatre and bingo hall has been empty since 2007. But Live Nation, one of the backers of the Academy Music Group, wants to invest more than £9 million to turn it into a live music venue.

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Press Release: NPPF must not be silent on culture says major national arts organisations in a joint letter

2nd October 2011

For immediate release. In a letter to the Sunday Telegraph published today, 20 major arts figures call for the inclusion of culture in the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) in response to the lack of recognition of culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government department’s draft NPPF.

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Petition to save Trowbridge Arc’s commercial shows

1st October 2011

Petition to save professional theatre at The Arc in Trowbridge has been launched. More than 230 people have already put their names to the petition, asking Wiltshire College to reconsider closing the theatre to commercial productions. The council intends to keep The Arc running for performing arts students and community groups.

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Press Coverage: Planning for cultural deserts

30th September 2011

Blog: Audiences UK. Should we give the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) the benefit of the doubt and assume they were just having a bad day when they published their Draft National Planning Framework? Surely they couldn’t have thought through the implications for heritage, sport, leisure and recreation in the new framework and purposely left Culture out?

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£1m lottery win paves the way to restoring Portsmouth’s historic New Theatre Royal

30th September 2011

Lottery cash to finally restore Portsmouth’s most historic theatre will change the face of the arts in the city, it was claimed today. And the £1m grant for the New Theatre Royal from the Heritage Lottery Fund will also help form a new creative hub in the city centre.

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New back-of-house facilities for the Adelphi on the Strand

30th September 2011

Listed building application: 11/07571/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on the above listed building application for internal alterations at basement level to provide a new toilet at stage level at the Adelphi Theatre, 411-412 Strand, London.

The Theatres Trust supported the application. Read the Trust’s response.

To view the planning application online, please click here and enter the application number and click search.


Wiltshire school reveals its £15.5m building plan to include new 330 seat theatre

30th September 2011

A £15.5m plan to rebuild a Wiltshire school has been unveiled. Sarum Academy, near Salisbury, said its new campus will include a 330 seater theatre, hair and beauty salon, a workshop for mechanics and sports pitches. Described as “educationally inspiring”, the new academy is being designed by local architect Jane Lock-Smith. Building works is due to begin early next year and should be completed by September 2013.

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