The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust statement on Scarborough Futurist

10th February 2017

On 9 January Scarborough Council voted to approve the allocation of £4m Council money for the demolition of the Futurist Theatre. The motion, including the demolition of the adjoining buildings, the theatre and the subsequent necessary stabilisation of the cliff face beyond, was carried by 22 votes to 21, with 1 abstention. The final design for demolition and a new cliff face retention scheme will be brought to planning in early summer. There are no plans yet for a replacement development although theme park Flamingo Land previously expressed an interest.

In the meantime, Historic England has provided notification of its intention to grant a Certificate of Immunity from Listing for the building. The 28-day appeal period ends on 27 February. We are considering appealing this decision.

Local support for the building has grown strong over the last few months and campaigners are continuing to battle to save the Futurist: savethefuturist.co.uk.

We support the Save the Futurist campaign group and other stakeholders who would like to see the Futurist Theatre restored for cultural use. It could provide a large scale theatre for the presentation of musicals, comedy, music and drama in Yorkshire, thanks to its capacity and flytower, and would be an immense cultural and economic benefit to the people of Scarborough – at a time when theatre is seen as vitally important in enhancing the social fabric of the communities we now live in.

Scarborough Futurist is on our Theatre Building at Risk Register 2016.


New donations to Theatres Trust archive

7th February 2017

in January 2017 Theatres Trust received two donations to our archive: A volume relating to the Carlton Theatre, Haymarket and a scrapbook previously owned by theatre architect, E. A. Woodrow.

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Six theatres get new improvement grants

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust, and the UK Small Grants Scheme have been mentioned in British Theatre Guide.

Theatres Trust’s press release on the recipients for the ninth round of UK Small Grants Scheme was published by the British Theatre Guide. It included details on the projects the Trust will support for: The Place Theatr in Bedford, Plough Arts Centre in Devon, Market Theatre in Ledbury, Grand Pavilion in Matlock Bath, Leatherhead Theatre in Surrey and Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre in Workington

Six theatres get new improvement grants
Published 06 February 2017


Six theatres share £27k to carry out improvement work

6th February 2017

Jon Morgan Director of Theatres Trust, and the UK Small Grants Scheme have been mentioned in The Stage.

Theatres Trust director Jon Morgan was quoted, saying “I’m proud that our UK theatres small grants scheme, now in its ninth round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

Six theatres share £27k to carry out improvement work
Published 06 February 2017


The Times Obituary: Rod Ham, Theatre Architect

6th February 2017

HAM Roderick Mathieson, aged 91, passed away peacefully. Much admired for his architectural achievements, especially in theatre work, designing the innovative Leatherhead Thorndike Theatre, the Derby Playhouse and the Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Funeral at Efford Crematorium, Plymouth, Friday 10th February, 11.30am. No flowers, donations if wished, to Alzheimer’s Society.

Published 3 February 2017 in The Times

Rod Ham was a Life Friend of the Theatres Trust from 1990.


Theatres Trust announce six theatres to be awarded grants from UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that it is awarding six small capital grants to a range of theatres across the country from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE awarding grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status to address urgent building repairs and help theatres in need and at risk.

Grants from the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are awarded as follows:

The Place Theatre, Bedford
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Leatherhead Theatre
Market Theatre, Ledbury
Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Workington

Jon Morgan, Director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, now in its ninth Round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

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Grant funding opens doors for theatre campaigners

19th January 2017

Architectural Heritage Fund supports Burnley Empire Viability Study

Campaigners fighting to rescue and restore a derelict theatre in Burnley have received good news this week. The Architectural Heritage Fund have agreed a Project Viability Fund grant of £4000 towards the second phase of the Burnley Empire Viability Study which will allow the group to undertake a buildings evaluation and assess whether the theatre has a commercially viable future.

The funding was applied for by Theatres Trust, on behalf of the Burnley Empire Stakeholders Group, and will be matched by funding raised by Burnley Empire Theatres Trust (BETT). Other members of the Stakeholders Group include Burnley Council, Burnley College, the University of Central Lancashire and Burnley and District Civic Trust. The first phase of the Viability Study was funded by Theatres Trust and Burnley Council, and concluded in December 2016. The overall aim of the Viability Study is to identify a sustainable future for the Grade II Burnley Empire, and provide support for further funding bids which are likely to be needed to restore the theatre.

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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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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.


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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