The Theatres Trust

Theatreland’s famous street signs go under the hammer

10th July 2009

Street signs from some of the West End’s most famous landmarks are being auctioned off by Westminster City Council to help raise funds for a planned revamp of London’s theatreland. The first 30 signs – which include locations such as Shaftesbury Avenue, The Strand and St Martin’s Lane – have now gone up for sale on eBay. Each has a reserve price of £100, but some are expected to reach far in excess of that price.

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Plans to resurrect Leith Theatre scaled down

7th July 2009

Campaigners seeking to reopen Edinburgh’s Leith Theatre have been forced to alter their multi-million pound proposals after failing to secure a £3 million arts funding prize. Cockburn Conservation Trust – a building preservation organisation representing the city and the Lothians – and residents’ group the Leith Theatre Trust have not made it through to the second stage of the Scottish Community Council’s Arts Funding Prize for Edinburgh.

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Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru theatre wins Arts and Business award

3rd July 2009

Clwyd Theatr Cymru in Mold and Cardiff’s Sherman Cymru theatre have been recognised at this year’s Arts and Business Cymru Awards for organisations in Wales. About to embark on a £5.4 million refurbishment, the Sherman Cymru, South Wales’ only producing house, won the Arts, Business and Young People Award for its Barclays PLC-backed It’s My Shout project. Clwyd Theatr Cymru gained success in the Brand Identity category.

Source: The Stage


Hampstead theatre's future lies in plays from the past

1st July 2009

Artistic director Anthony Clark has quit, but the troubled venue can get back on track by exploring the more neglected works of the past century blogs Michael Billington

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Michael Billington


Belfast Lyric secures £500k US funding

1st July 2009

Belfast Lyric Theatre’s fundraising campaign has received a boost in the form of a £500,000 challenge grant from the US-based Kresge Foundation which will go towards rebuilding and fitting-out the theatre’s Ridgeway Street home. The theatre, which will have to raise another £800,000 privately by June 2010 in order to win the grant, has been trying to raise £18 million to meet the cost of the new building which will house a 350-seat main auditorium and 120-seat studio space, as well as new front of house and backstage facilities and offices.

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Sherman Cymru awarded £4m for building revamp

30th June 2009

South Wales’ only producing house, Sherman Cymru, has been awarded a grant of £3.9 million to help transform its theatre building. The capital Lottery cash from Arts Council of Wales amounts to almost three-quarters of the £5.4 million needed for the proposed redevelopment project.

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Historic Doncaster Odeon could be flattened

30th June 2009

Doncaster’s historic former Odeon cinema could be flattened and replaced with a casino under plans to be considered by councillors. The cinema was sold to Lazarus Properties in March after it was no longer deemed to be viable. The company wants to demolish the art deco landmark on Hall Gate and replace it with a development of shops, restaurants, a fitness club and casino. Councillors have been recommended to approve the plans.

Source: BBC News


Billingham Forum closes during £15m revamp

30th June 2009

The multi-million pound revamp of a Teesside theatre and leisure complex is about to get under way. Billingham Forum in Stockton, which was described in a council report in 2007 as “extremely fragile”, closed its doors today (30 June) for 18 months. The £15m plans include essential structural works to the theatre, ice rink, swimming pool, and gym.

Source: BBC News


The Stage Letters: Farnham's fight to the finish

29th June 2009

It was a surprise to read in your June 25 edition in the article, Four sites join theatre ‘at risk’ list (page 3), that the Theatres Trust had categorised the Redgrave as “lost” and had removed it from the “at risk” register after permission had been granted for its demolition. would like to reassure your readers that the fight for the Redgrave is not over and that the Theatres Trust has been notified of the situation. Read more in Anne Cooper, Chairman of Farnham Theatre Association’s letter to The Stage.

Source: The Stage: Letters


On Barbara Follett's expenses, death threats and theatres comments

29th June 2009

David Cohen from the Evening Standard comments on Barbara Follett MP’s expenses, death threats and resounding comments at the Theatres Trust Conference 09 as she lashed out at the woeful facilities of many West End theatres, both front of house and backstage, especially bemoaning the ludicrously inadequate supply of women’s loos.

Source: Evening Standard


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