The Theatres Trust

Final curtain comes down on Burnley's forgotten theatre

14th July 2011

Hopes of rekindling Burnley’s Empire theatre appear to be dwindling as it became the fourth most endangered in the country, according to a report. The Theatres Trust’s national survey highlights 58 theatres ‘at risk’ of closure or never returning to their original purpose. Colin Sanderson, chairman of the Burnley Light Opera Society, has all but given up hope of seeing the Grade II listed building returned to its former glory.

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PLASA 2011 Seminar Programme Unveiled

14th July 2011

PLASA Events has announced the first details of the PLASA 2011 Education and Learning Programme, which runs on all four days of PLASA 2011, at Earls Court in London from 11-14 September 2011.

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Trust calls on communities to save 'at risk' theatres

14th July 2011

The Theatres Trust has called on local communities to fight to save theatre buildings which are at risk. Some 58 UK buildings are on the trust’s 2011 “at risk” register, with the Brighton Astoria and London’s Cochrane Theatre among those facing demolition. It said it hoped legislation, including the new Localism Bill, would empower groups and individuals to “take on the guardianship of theatres at risk”.

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Royal Court Theatre’s £10.6m revamp plans submitted to Liverpool Council

14th July 2011

Plans to breathe new life into Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre have been submitted to the city council. The £10m revamp would see the interior renovated, a new rooftop bar-restaurant built and the installation of a striking new entrance. The theatre this week released new artist’s impressions of the revamped Roe Street venue. Liverpool Council’s planning committee is expected to reach a verdict on the plans in September.

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Blog: Are you sitting comfortably in the theatre?

14th July 2011

As Ambassador Theatre Group begins installing 49,000 high-tech seats nationwide, I took my derriere along to test the latest development in theatregoing blogs Matt Trueman for The Guardian Theatre blog.

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Theatres Trust announces theatre buildings at risk need more than guardian angels

14th July 2011

The Theatres Trust 2011 Theatre Buildings At Risk register (TBAR) announced today identifies the number of theatres at risk in the UK has risen to 58 since last year. In addition to the tireless efforts of community and campaign groups who are the guardian angels of many UK theatres, there is a desperate need for funding and public backing. Over half of the theatres on its at risk register have yet to find the financial and political support needed to secure a viable future.

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City celebrates progression of new Southampton arts centre, but it has not all been plain sailing

13th July 2011

Plans for Southampton’s beleaguered £21m New Arts Complex (SNAC) move one step closer to fruition as a planning application is finally submitted to Southampton City Council, three years after it was originally due to open. Jimmy Chestnutt, Chief Executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, called the application a “significant step” in what has been a difficult journey. SNAC was due to be completed in 2008 but was hit by the property slump when its original developers, City Lofts, went into administration in 2008.

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Marlowe theatre rises above Canterbury skyline – and spending cuts

13th July 2011

Rising above the jumble of Georgian and medieval roofs of central Canterbury, a new structure is reaching completion. The Marlowe theatre, opening in October, is second only to the cathedral in height and rises almost in defiance of public sector cuts. The Council aims to boost the local economy with the £25.6m project, which will feature a 1,200-seat auditorium.

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Theatres discuss funding drama

12th July 2011

Some theatres are cutting back on actors and directors and staging fewer shows as cuts from the Arts Council England and local authorities bite. As audiences also tighten their belts, three theatres have explained how the economic climate is being felt on stage, and what the future may hold.

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South Ayrshire Council takes next steps to re-open Gaiety Theatre

11th July 2011

Plans to begin the reopening of the Gaiety Theatre before the end of the year have received a further boost as South Ayrshire Council approved a loan of £50,000 for Ayr Gaiety Partnership and agreed to finalise a lease agreement for the iconic Ayr theatre. The interest-free loan to Ayr Gaiety Partnership – the Council’s partner in the project to reopen the Gaiety – will provide working capital to support the reopening of the cafe/bar in the autumn and will be repaid over five years, with the first year payment-free.

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