The Theatres Trust

Trust plan for County Durham leisure and cultural services

17th January 2012

Leisure and cultural services in County Durham could be run by a charitable trust as a cost-cutting measure. The council said it needed to save £145.8m over the next five years, due to a cut in government grants. If given the go-ahead, a “non-profit distributing organisation” would run the services, with the council keeping ownership of the buildings and assets. The move would affect libraries, leisure centres and Durham City’s Gala Theatre, and save up to £1m.

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Swindon Mechanics' Institute makes it to court

17th January 2012

A row over who is to foot the bill for £400,000 in emergency repairs to the derelict Mechanics’ Institute is to be heard in court. Swindon Council will attempt to recoup the money from building owner Mathew Singh for works it said were necessary to prevent the building’s roof from collapsing. The case is to open before the Technology and Construction Court in London today and has been scheduled to last four days, with the council drafting in specialist legal help in the form of barrister Alan Steynor.

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London's Albany takes on two new spaces in east London

16th January 2012

London’s Albany Theatre has won contracts to manage the arts programmes for Lewisham’s Deptford Lounge community centre and a new “super library” in Canada Water. The move means that The Albany will be behind all future arts shows that appear in the venues with a schedule featuring drama, music, dance and comedy.

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£90,000 Arts Council grant for Penrith puppet theatre and museum

16th January 2012

An Eden-based puppet theatre has been awarded £90,000 from the Arts Council towards the cost of building a new performance space and museum. John and Elaine Parkinson, of Upfront Puppet Theatre, near Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, hope to have the new £300,000 multifunctional arts venue open by August.

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Cecil Hepworth's Walton Playhouse reopens after revamp

16th January 2012

The Surrey theatre built as a studio in 1920 by British film director Cecil Hepworth has reopened after a revamp. Elmbridge Council said an extensive £350,000 renovation programme had brought the theatre “up to standard”. Walton Playhouse originally formed part of the Hepworth Film Studios and was turned into a theatre in 1924 after the studios closed.

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Demolition threat to Love Actually school theatre

16th January 2012

A school hall used for the nativity play scene in Love Actually is threatened with demolition. In the film, the characters played by Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon are caught kissing backstage when a curtain is raised. But the curtain is set to come down on the hall and other school buildings. Wandsworth council wants to transform the Elliott School in Putney into a £22 million academy.

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Curtain comes down on professional theatre at The Arc in Wiltshire

14th January 2012

Wiltshire College has brought the curtain down on professional productions at the Arc Theatre in Trowbridge and opted to focus on its students. The college has proposed to make five of its six staff redundant after deciding to stop professional productions and use the theatre for performing arts students. The Arc, which lost £25,000 last year and £75,000 the year before, will still be available for amateur groups to hire.

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Charity shop plan for hard-up Tewkesbury Roses

13th January 2012

Bosses at The Roses theatre have come up with a new way of easing their financial woes – opening up a shop. Never before has Tewkesbury’s theatre had an outlet in the town to help with its fundraising. But now the charity is planning the move because in 2012 it will no longer get an £80,000-a-year grant from Tewkesbury Borough Council due to its cutbacks. It means the theatre is having to widen its search for funding sources, and having a shop in the town centre is its latest idea.

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Lighting bars to be retained at the Palace, Cambridge Circus

13th January 2012

Listed Building Application: 11/11774/LBC

Westminster City Council has consulted The Theatres Trust on an application to retain removable lighting bars within the auditorium of the Palace Theatre for extra lighting requirements to facilitate the production of ‘Singin’ in the rain’.

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, then click search.


Councillors vote to defer Felixstowe Spa Pavilion closure decision

13th January 2012

Campaigners fighting to save the Spa Pavilion in Felixstowe from closure are celebrating after a decision to cut its funding was deferred. Suffolk Coastal District Council had voted to stop the £250,000 annual subsidy it gives to the theatre. But on Thursday, the council’s scrutiny committee voted to refer the matter back to cabinet to give campaigners more time to find funding.

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