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Theatres Trust announces winning theatres In Spend a Penny campaign

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust today announces the eight theatres selected to receive £15,000 each from the Spend a Penny campaign, financed by the philanthropic Chairman of Albourne Partners, Simon Ruddick. Deeply empathetic of his wife’s complaints about the ladies’ loos in many theatres, this theatre-going entrepreneur decided last summer to do something, and offered the funding to Theatres Trust to make a start on the improvement of facilities for women primarily, but also gender neutral and unisex toilets.

Submissions for these grants were received at the end of October, and after thorough scrutiny the following theatres have been selected:

Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
Darlington Hippodrome
Liverpool’s Royal Court
Little Angel Theatre, Islington, London
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Theatre Royal Wakefield

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Theatres Trust announce winning Spend a Penny theatres

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in Whats On Stage.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “Although my original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Theatres Trust announce winning Spend a Penny theatres
Published 09 January 2017


Eight theatres share £120k Spend a Penny

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “Although my original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Eight theatres share £120k Spend a Penny
Published 09 January 2017


Ending the long line for the Ladies?

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in British Theatre Guide.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “My original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Ending the long line for the Ladies?
Published 09 January 2017


Theatres Trust announces winning theatres In Spend a Penny campaign

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust Spend a Penny scheme announcement has been mentioned in ET Now.

Theatres Trust Trustee, Simon Ruddick who provided the donation for the scheme said: “Although my original impulse was simply to ‘lift the lid’ on this specific issue, we hope that other donors will bear in mind the contribution that theatres make to the community and the contribution that the Theatres Trust makes to the community of theatres.”

Theatres Trust announces winning theatres In Spend a Penny campaign
Published 09 January 2017


Annual Report 2015/16 and Corporate Supporters Supplement 2016 published

6th January 2017

Theatres Trust have released digital, downloadable, copies of our Annual Report 2015/2016 (PDF), and our Corporate Supporters Supplement 2016 (PDF), highlighting our key achievements over the past year, and acknowledging the generous Corporate Supporters who have provided invaluable backing, help and assistance towards our work protecting theatres.

Friends and Corporate Supporters should have already received hard copies.

For non Friends and Corporate Supporters, please email info@theatrestrust.org.uk to be posted one.


Darlington Hippodrome on course for a grand opening

6th January 2017

Darlington Hippodrome on course for a grand opening

Darlington Civic Theatre – soon to re-open as Darlington Hippodrome – is almost half way through it’s £12million restoration project.

The Grade II listed Darlington Civic Theatre took its final curtain call in May 2016 and will re-open later this year as Darlington Hippodrome. The building’s interior has been stripped out, leaving behind pieces of historic importance, including the ornate auditorium plasterwork and many stained glass windows, which will be restored to their original Edwardian beauty by local north east craftsmen.

Read the full press release here


Opportunities: Casual Duty Managers for Theatres Trust Resource Centre

8th December 2016

We are currently seeking Casual Duty Managers to cover day-time, evening and weekend hires of our central London Resource Centre. Duty Managers are responsible for the provision of meeting services and the security and health and safety of visitors and hirers of the Resource Centre.

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5 London theatres awarded vital funding to improve accessibility and working conditions

7th December 2016

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients include Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Tricycle Theatre, Young Actors Theatre and Omnibus.

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New Theatres Adviser Tom Stickland to start 30 January

5th December 2016

From 30 January 2017 we are delighted to welcome Tom Stickland as Theatres Adviser. Tom will be taking over from Rebecca Morland, who will be returning to work as an arts management consultant. Tom will provide advice around the effective operation of theatres, including fundraising and viability. He will also be responsible for the Trust’s several grant-giving programmes, and for the Building Better Theatres Workshop programme.

Tom joins us from leading regional theatre operator HQ Theatres and Hospitality where, as Business Manager, he led on areas of business development and planning. Prior to this he was the national administrator for Arts Council England’s Cultural Olympiad programme and the evaluation of the London 2012 Festival programme, and has been a freelance venue manager, operating venues of all sizes.

The Theatres Adviser can be contacted on advice@theatrestrust.org.uk


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