The Theatres Trust

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


Sherman lifts curtain on its new Cardiff theatre

29th June 2009

Sherman Cymru has unveiled plans for a multi-million-pound redevelopment. The Cardiff theatre received a Capital Lottery grant of £3.9m from the Arts Council of Wales for the project, that covers 74% of the total cost. The redevelopment will modernise the public areas and refurbish the backstage areas, and will be designed by Jonathan Adams at Capita Architecture, of Wales Millennium Centre fame. .

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Lancaster Council withdraws from public inquiry

29th June 2009

Lancaster City Council (LCC) has confirmed that it has pulled out of a public inquiry set up to examine plans for the £150m mixed-use redevelopment of the city’s Canal Corridor North site that affects the Duke and Grand theatres, after it said that a number of questions had been raised that could only be answered by Centros, while also claiming that English Heritage had altered its position to oppose elements it had previously supported.

Source: ISPAL


David Lister: Theatres should give women a break

27th June 2009

What was the biggest event in theatre this week? It was all set to be Nicholas Hytner’s excellent initiative in beaming Helen Mirren’s performance in Phèdre to cinemas around the world. But the National Theatre’s artistic director has been upstaged by the arts minister, Barbara Follett. She has brought centre stage the issue of women and theatre, not the plight of actresses over 40 or the lack of plays by female playwrights, but the apparently more pressing issue, certainly in the interval, of the lack of ladies’ lavatories. Read more from David Lister’s Opinion Column in The Independent.

Source: The Independent Columnists – David Lister


Stage is set for revival of historic Leith theatre

26th June 2009

Campaigners have unveiled plans for a multi-million pound revamp of a former theatre on Edinburgh’s waterfront. Arts organisations and conservationists are behind the scheme which would see theatre, live music, circus performances, dance and visual art exhibitions staged in the new-look building. The 1,500-capacity theatre hall will be overhauled to accommodate four performance spaces. Page and Park produced the masterplan. The entire scheme rests on the city council agreeing a long-term lease for the old theatre.

Source: Scotsman BBC Video & Audio


Theatre is about more than comfy seats

26th June 2009

If a play is good enough, then the incidental details don’t matter. Who cares if the G&Ts are over-priced? Given the extraordinary number of gripes and groans about the theatre-going experience, it’s a wonder audiences bother showing up at all. Our creaking, ancient theatres attract such emphatic damnation for their spartan comforts that you’d think a night spent in the stalls was a hardship, Matt Trueman from The Guardian Blog, blogs

Source: The Guardian Theatre Blog – Matt Trueman


Edinburgh Playhouse up for sale by Live Nation

26th June 2009

The 80-year-old Edinburgh Playhouse has been put up for sale by its American owners. The theatre has attracted major London musicals to the city, tempting big productions with its large stage and lucrative ticket sales from its 3,000 seats. But the US-based Live Nation entertainment group is looking for buyers for the Playhouse and 16 other British theatres it owns as it concentrates on its music business.

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