The Theatres Trust

It's your chance to name Llanelli's new theatre complex

16th June 2010

Llanelli residents being asked to help come up with a name for the town’s new theatre and arts complex. A public consultation is being launched to help find the best name for the yet-to-be-built £14.6 million cultural hub, which is designed to help breathe new life into the town.

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BAC awarded more than £170,000 towards redevelopment plans

15th June 2010

Battersea Arts Centre has been awarded £171,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop plans for restoring its Old Town Hall home. The funding allows the venue to draw up full plans for its redevelopment – including improved access, infrastructure and facilities – and it now has up to two years to submit detailed plans and apply for the £2,444,300 it is seeking from the HLF for the whole project.

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Demolition order for Wallsend theatre causes concern

15th June 2010

North Tyneside’s Borough Theatre has been marked for demolition by the local council despite the fact that heritage body Theatres Trust has been “inundated” with calls to save the building. The Wallsend venue has been largely unused for ten years. North Tyneside Council recently acquired the building and intends to demolish it and bring forward plans for a residential development on the site.

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New lease of life proposed for Matlock Bath Pavilion

15th June 2010

The Matlock Bath Pavilion Group is currently putting together detailed plans for the venue, which it is to present to owner Derbyshire Dales District Council in August. If the plans are approved, the site will become a multi-arts space including a 400-seat theatre using the original proscenium arch stage. The theatre would stage a mixture of local and touring theatre groups.

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Coventry's Fishy Moores reopens as theatre

14th June 2010

A former city centre chip shop is reopening in a new guise – as a theatre venue. Fishy Moores in Coventry, which closed last year, has been taken over by Theatre Absolute, which produces new plays and takes them on tour. It took over the chip shop last year as part of a scheme to find new uses for empty shops

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Designing a theatre by Jez Bond

12th June 2010

Designing and building a theatre within an existing structure – in this case an old office block – is not without its difficulties. Certainly it requires a great deal of planning, a phenomenal amount of adaptability and more than a spoonful of experience. Art is about pushing the boundaries, but in order to achieve the construction of this magical space where live art occurs, there are some rules which cannot be broken. At The Park Theatre, however, we are doing things a little differently writes Jez Bond, its Artistic Director.

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UK’s first recycled theatre to be built in Southwark

11th June 2010

Southwark is to host the UK’s first fully-functioning theatre made entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. The Jellyfish Theatre will be created by Berlin-based architects Köbberling and Kaltwasser and will be made from recycled theatre sets – usually scrapped after a run – kitchen units donated by the public and any unwanted items the team can salvage from building sites.

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Focus on Regional Theatre: Bristol

11th June 2010

Tom Morris, the new artistic director of the Bristol Old Vic, chats to Dominic Cavendish of The Telegraph about his plans for the theatre.

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£1.5million needed to revamp Matlock Baths Pavilion

10th June 2010

Campaigners hoping to transform Matlock Bath’s Pavilion in to a theatre and exhibition centre have revealed their plans will cost around £1.5million. Most of the Ballroom, wing rooms and stage area will remain unchanged and the plans will include disabled access, a goods lift, storage space for chairs and toilets will be upgraded.

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New Trust to relaunch Monmouth Savoy

10th June 2010

The market town of Monmouth, on the England/Wales border houses a theatrical gem – a beautiful working theatre that stands on the oldest theatre site in Wales. It spent most of the 20th century as a cinema, but had extensive refurbishment in 2005. Now after a sticky financial period, local volunteers have come together to form the new Monmouth Savoy Trust and re-launch the space into a venue for films and live entertainment.

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