The Theatres Trust

Campaign group says restoring Derby's Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome would save £45m

23rd October 2016

Derby’s crumbling Hippodrome should be re-built as a theatre, and the fire-damaged Assembly Rooms refurbished as a concert hall, to save £45 million, campaigners say – read the full story with Derby Telegraph

Campaign group says restoring Derby’s Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome would save £45m

Published 23 October 2016

The rise and fall of Derby's Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome

23rd October 2016

As Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust puts forward its plans to renovate and repair the Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome – the Derby Telegraph has looked at the fortune of the two buildings. Derby Hippodrome currently features on the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register – read the full story with Derby Telegraph

The rise and fall of Derby’s Assembly Rooms and Hippodrome

Published 23 October 2016

Theatres Trust grants deadlines extended to 31 October

20th October 2016

Our Spend a Penny grant scheme, to target the under-provision of ladies toilets, and our UK Small Grants Scheme, to help theatres address urgent works, will now both close to applications to Monday 31 October at 5pm.

Find out more about the two schemes below, and if you would like to discuss an application then please email

The outcome will be decided in December 2016 after evaluations have taken place, and announced in January 2017. If you know of a theatre that might benefit from support, please do spread the word.

Our grants makes a real contribution to the maintenance of theatres, so they remain safe and secure for audiences to enjoy.

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Theatres Trust statement on Burnley Empire

19th October 2016

Theatres Trust are delighted that the auction date for Burnley Empire has been postponed to allow the Burnley Empire stakeholder group to conclude the second phase of their Viability Study.

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Jon Morgan appointed as new Director of Theatres Trust

18th October 2016

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Director Jon Morgan who will take up the position in January 2017.

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Could Swansea's historic Palace Theatre be saved by student flats?

17th October 2016

Student flats could be the answer to Swansea’s Palace Theatre if they brought the building back into use, a conservation expert has said. The Palace Theatre is currently one of four theatres in Wales to feature on the register – read the full story with South Wales Evening Post

Could Swansea’s historic Palace Theatre be saved by student flats?

Published 16 October 2016

Could more be done to save the Futurist theatre?

17th October 2016

Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre is the subject of a reader’s letter to the The Scarborough News. The Futurist Theatre currently sits at number ten in the Theatre Buildings at Risk register for 2016 which was announced in September – read the full story with The Scarborough News

Could more be done to save the Futurist theatre?

Published 14 October 2016

Relief as Burnley's Empire Theatre taken off auction list

16th October 2016

Burnley Empire was due to be auctioned on Tuesday 18 October, the auction has been postponed until the results of a viability study have been announced – read the full story with 2BR Lancashire

Relief as Burnley’s Empire Theatre taken off auction list

Published 15 October 2016

1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis

10th October 2016

Theatres Trust Planning Adviser, Ross Anthony comments on the proposed 1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis – The Stage.

The Theatres Trust has been consulted as part of the planning process. A letter from planning advisor Ross Anthony said the trust did not object to the plans, but raised several concerns.

Anthony said the trust recognised the importance of investment and regeneration in town centres through culture, but questioned whether the theatre would be a suitable replacement for the facilities provided at the existing Alexandra Theatre.

At more than three times the size, it remains unclear how the new theatre would “support and address the local need for small-scale theatre”, the letter said. It also warned that it might not be affordable or accessible to the types of performers and users of the Alexandra Theatre.

“The trust also strongly recommends that the new theatre is built before the existing theatre is demolished, or temporary theatre provision is provided, to ensure the existing theatre audience in Bognor Regis is maintained. It is extremely difficult to rebuild a theatre audience once it has been lost, particularly as the proposed theatre needs to increase audience numbers,” the letter added.

The trust also highlighted the task of competing with, and complementing, other established theatres nearby, which include Chichester Festival Theatre, and the Kings Theatre and New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

1,100-seat theatre planned for Bognor Regis
Published 06 October 2016

Harlech's Theatr Ardudwy confirmed as Grade II* heritage listing

6th October 2016

Theatr Ardudwy

Theatr Ardudwy in Harlech, Wales, has been confirmed as the first post war theatre building in Wales to be granted statutory listing.

This brutalist style theatre was built in 1973 as an arts centre attached to Coleg Harlech.

The college was listed Grade II* in 2001, though the theatre was largely omitted from the list description and was not considered to be part of the listing. Cadw have now reviewed that decision and confirmed that the theatre is already listed by virtue of its physical relationship and interconnection with the layout of the college buildings.

Cadw are currently updated the list description for the college to fully recognise the theatre building.

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