The Theatres Trust

Should Acton's library become an arts centre?

7th October 2013

Campaigners have seized on the fact that Acton Library is to vacate its premises next year, to advocate the soon-to-be-empty building being turned into an arts centre.

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Theatres Trust publishes 36th Annual Report

6th October 2013

We are pleased to present our 36th Annual Report which highlights The Theatres Trust’s work and achievements from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. As a resource for theatres we protect theatres from destruction, damage and deterioration; promote the importance of theatres; and provide advice on the planning, building, restoration, development and use of theatres.

The Trust responded to 100 planning applications and seven pre-applications, 50 listed building consultations and nine listed building consent pre-applications and responded to 352 local plan consultations securing cultural policies to protect theatres.

The Trust also worked with 27 individual theatres providing expert advice on their future viability, capital development, conservation and maintenance.

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Visit The Theatres Trust at PLASA London 6 - 9 October 2013

6th October 2013

You can come and meet us on Stand A60 and at our new feature, the TheatreStage @ PLASA on Stand A59, a hub for awards and announcements from leading trade bodies and organisations, including the ABTT, ALD, SMA and BECTU, as well as a daily contribution from The Theatres Trust.

The TheatreStage programme runs Monday – Wednesday, and is a ‘must visit’ at the show! Register for free now!

Stay in touch and keep up-to-date on Twitter with @theatrestrust and @plasashow, follow events and voice your thoughts by using hashtag #theatrestage or #theatrestageplasa13.

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We look forward to seeing you there!


Empty Space... Peter Brook Awards 2013 nominations

5th October 2013

The nominees have been announced for the Empty Space…Peter Brook Awards, the awards scheme founded by Blanche Marvin of London TheatReviews and now in its 24th year. The awards are in two parts, the Empty Space…Peter Brook Award and the Dan Crawford Innovation Award which sees winners received £2,000 in cash and the Peter Brook Special Achievement Award recognising the work of two individuals.

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National Theatre makes a record £87m

4th October 2013

The National Theatre (NT) has announced that it generated more than £87m last year, a record figure that means the organisation has almost doubled its annual turnover in the last six years.

The NT’s annual report indicates that overall takings rose by £7m, in 2012-13, roughly the same as it has done every year since 2008, when War Horse transferred to the West End. That production was the first commercial transfer the National produced itself, a tactic that has helped the theatre increase turnover by £40m a year. War Horse took £15.1m in the West End alone last year, with a further 1.4 million people watching a performance overseas.

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Theatre Book Prize: Judges announced for 2013

4th October 2013

The judges for this year’s Theatre Book Prize have just been announced by the Society for Theatre Research, which makes this annual award to the book the panel considers the best of the year about British or British-related theatre.

Theatre professionals will be represented by Olivier Award winning director Charlotte Westenra, probably best known for her work with the Donmar and the Tricycle and especially for Lower Ninth (Donmar at Trafalgar Studios), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Donmar Warehouse), Darfur (with Nicholas Kent, Tricycle Theatre) and Gladiator Games (Sheffield Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East).

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The bumpy road to the National Theatre

4th October 2013

The National Theatre may be approaching its 50th anniversary on 22 October, but did the delays and obstacles it encountered during its creation result in a more versatile and creative establishment than elsewhere in Europe? Disdain and hostility are not uncommon responses to major new cultural projects in the UK, but the venomous attacks levelled, over two centuries, against the idea of a national theatre leave a sour taste in the mouth even today.

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£3,000 investment to revamp facilities at Thornton Little Theatre

4th October 2013

The facility on Victoria Road East now boasts three purpose built dressing rooms, fit for any budding actor, as well as a revamped reception area. The redevelopment has been funded by The Friends of Thornton Little Theatre, who have raised thousands of pounds since setting up in 2004 to keep the local venue alive.

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New 50-seat theatre launches in Islington promising fair pay for all

4th October 2013

A new fringe theatre is launching above a pub on Upper Street in Islington promising to pay all staff a ‘legal wage’. The 50-seat Hope Theatre will be launched in November by artistic director Adam Spreadbury-Maher, who also founded the now-closed Cock Tavern in Kilburn and currently runs the King’s Head Theatre up the road from The Hope.

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Theatres to honour backstage staff in first ever Stage Management Day

3rd October 2013

Theatres around the UK will come together to honour backstage staff next week as part of the industry’s first ever Stage Management Day. The day, on October 10, has been organised by the Stage Management Association to recognise and celebrate the work stage managers do. It is hoped the day will become an annual event in the theatre industry’s calendar.

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