The Theatres Trust

Stockton’s The Globe wins planning permission

26th May 2017

The Theatres Trust welcomes Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s decision to grant permission for the reuse, restoration and refurbishment of Stockton’s Grade II listed The Globe Theatre which will reopen as a multi-purpose live performance and entertainment venue.

Application Numbers 17/0755/LBC and 17/0754/COU

The Globe opened in 1935 and had full stage facilities with dressing rooms to support both live theatre and cinema. It is one of the few remaining complete ‘super cinemas’ in the UK, the majority of other examples having been subdivided and/ or extensively modernised. While the theatre has deteriorated due to lack of use, there have not been many significant changes or alterations since it was built in 1935. A ‘light touch’ treatment is therefore proposed within the auditorium in terms of the stabilisation and restoration of the auditorium and plasterwork, with interventions mainly being made to meet building access and safety standards, to provide extra WCs, and to flatten the stalls floor to make it suitable for both seated and standing events to maximise its use. The adjoining building at 153 High Street will be incorporated into the theatre to provide expanded bar facilities, offices, lift access to the stalls and upper levels of the auditorium, and much needed additional circulation space. The back of house/ dressing room wing will be rebuilt to provide modern and additional support spaces to help attract artists and performers to the venue.

The restoration and refurbishment will bring it back into use as a sustainable and viable cultural venue.

The Globe

Upcoming Theatres Trust grants deadlines

19th May 2017

Is your theatre in need of urgent building repairs, are you looking to improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, or enhance physical accessibility? Theatres Trust run a number of grant schemes for theatre buildings in need. Please note the following upcoming deadlines this summer.

Up to £5,000 for small theatres in London:
London Small Theatres Grants Scheme Round Three
supported by the mayor of London

Deadline: 29 August 2017.

Up to £15,000 for theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure:
Wolfson/Theatres Trust Urgent Repairs Scheme Round Two
Deadline: 15 September 2017.

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Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

11th May 2017

Planning laws change to protect pub theatres

The Neighbourhood Planning Act passed into law on 28 April 2017 and removes permitted development rights in England that currently enable the change of use of pubs to retail, restaurant or office uses without the need for planning permission.

Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) (No 2) Order 2017, which comes in to effect on 23 May, any proposal to change the use of a pub venue will now require the applicant to submit a planning application and seek full planning permission.

This measure should afford a greater level of protection for pub theatres and allow for greater level of community say on future use of these pub venues.

In addition, the Government have indicated that any local planning authority that are meeting their housing requirement (100%, as measured by the proposed housing delivery test) will be afforded greater flexibility in respect of the areas that can be covered by Article 4 directions removing the permitted development rights to change offices to residential uses. This measure will also help safeguard theatre use in our town centres.

If you have any queries about how this might affect your theatre please contact

Theatres Trust statement on Burnley Empire

4th May 2017

The second phase of a Viability Study for the Burnley Empire theatre is well underway. The report from the study is due early summer.

The report will outline the opportunities identified for the important Grade II listed theatre and will identify a clear route for the building’s restoration. The report builds on the conclusions from the phase 1 study which was completed in November 2016.

The Viability Study was commissioned by a stakeholder group which includes Burnley Empire Theatre Trust (BETT), Burnley Borough Council, University of Central Lancashire and Theatres Trust.

This second phase of works has been funded through a grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund and monies raised by BETT. The phase 1 study was jointly funded by Burnley Borough Council and Theatres Trust.

Burnley Empire is currently number five on the Theatres Trust Theatres at Risk register 2016.

Theatres Trust submission to the Housing White Paper

2nd May 2017

Housing White Paper

Read the Trust’s response to the consultation on the ‘Fixing our Broken Housing Market’ White Paper.

Go to the DCLG Consultation

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Appoints six new Trustees to the Board of the Theatres Trust

24th April 2017


The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport Appoints six new Trustees to the Board of the Theatres Trust

Published 21 April 2017

Theatres Trust announce the appointment of six new Trustees to the Board

24th April 2017

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce that the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed six new Trustees to the Theatres Trust Board.

New Trustees include: Pam Bone, Paul Cartwright, David Ian, Gary Kemp, Richard Johnston and Simon Ricketts.

Tim Eyles, Chair of Theatres Trust says: “Our new Trustees are as passionate as we are about great live theatre and with a diverse range of backgrounds including theatre ownership, theatre production, the performing arts, planning law, private equity and arts fundraising, they are ideally placed as advocates for the Trust. I look forward to working with them alongside the rest of our Board to strengthen the voice of the Trust in helping Britain’s theatres prosper for the future.”

All Trustees will be on the board of Theatres Trust for a term of 3 years from 1 July 2017.

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Theatres Trust comment on Alexandra Palace, London

13th April 2017

On 5 April Alexandra Park and Palace Trust revealed Future of Alexandra Palace secured as new cultural destination takes shape, as the main construction phase of its East Wing restoration gets underway.

The Alexandra Palace Theatre, London is on our Theatres at Risk register 2016.

Pleae find our comment below:

“Alexandra Palace Theatre auditorium is one of the oldest surviving in London. The theatre’s intactness, the quality of its internal and external decoration including the sculpture, plasterwork, historical associations, novelty and rarity of once-popular culture, make it very special. After listing the building as one of our key Theatres at Risk for many years, Theatres Trust are delighted to see the progress made by Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust’s in the first steps of the theatre’s refurbishment. The project is a huge undertaking and it is fantastic to see their commitment to bringing this important historic theatre back in public use. We look forward to seeing the completed project.”

Theatres Trust submission to Government Green Paper on Building our Industrial Strategy

12th April 2017

Building our Industrial Strategy

The Theatres Trust welcomes the recognition in the Green Paper of the strength of the Creative Industries as a key sector within the UK’s industrial landscape and the proposal to explore a sector deal. We also welcome the recognition of the role of cultural infrastructure and activity as part of place making, helping to stimulate and balance economic growth across the country. Cultural infrastructure is an important part of place making and cultural elements often lie at the heart of regeneration projects, as well as contributing to the health and wellbeing of the working population. It is therefore critical that a holistic approach is adopted with the implementation of the Housing Infrastructure Fund and the development of infrastructure projects to support industrial growth.

This Industrial Strategy and the review of the Creative Industries should consider the cultural infrastructure available, including what buildings and spaces are needed for the performing arts and creative industries now and in the future; what do we need to sustain and grow our world class reputation for theatre; how do we ensure audiences across the nations will continue to have access to live theatre and culture; and what investment is need to ensure theatres, performance spaces and cultural facilities are fit for purpose?

Read the Trust’s response

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Theatres Trust comment on Scarborough Futurist

10th April 2017

On 7 April 2017 Save the Futurist Campaign Group issued legal proceedings against Scarborough Borough Council seeking permission to judicially review its decisions of 9 January and 17 January 2017 to demolish Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre.

The Scarborough Futurist is number 10 on our Theatres at Risk Register 2016.

Please find our comment below:

“In its time as a performance venue the Futurist in Scarborough played a significant role in bringing live entertainment and events to Scarborough. Theatres Trust believe that a renovated Futurist could do the same again – providing real opportunity for an offer which complements the existing theatre provision, and expands the range of entertainment opportunities for both the local community and visitors to Scarborough alike and which would be of real benefit for the town. We have seen the value that the local community places in the Futurist and advocate ensuring that the viability of the theatre is fully considered before any final decision on the demolition of the building is taken.”

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