The Theatres Trust

Brandon Lewis MP rejects Public Inquiry into Brighton Hippodrome Applications

19th September 2014

The Theatres Trust is deeply disappointed by the Government’s announcement today that a Public Inquiry will not be held into the redevelopment scheme proposed for Brighton Hippodrome.

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Unique circus theatre, Brighton Hippodrome, tops Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014

18th September 2014

The Grade II* former circus theatre, Brighton Hippodrome tops the thirty-three theatres on The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014, launched at the Theatre Royal, Brighton on 18 September. The annually published Register features the most ‘at risk’ theatre buildings across the UK under threat of demolition and redevelopment, theatres that lie abandoned, neglected and decaying, and theatres in use at risk of closure.

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Press release: The Theatres Trust presents TheatreStage at PLASA London

9th September 2014

The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Body for Theatres, presents its TheatreStage at PLASA London from 5 – 8 October at ExCel London. Following the success of the TheatreStage at last year’s PLASA London, it will once more provide a focal point for members of the theatre industry to gather and network throughout the show.

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Press release: Bookings open for Building Better Theatres Workshop Programme Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015

5th September 2014

The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, announces booking is open for Building Better Theatres, its Workshop Programme Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015.

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Press release: Theatres Trust welcomes full-time Planning Adviser

1st September 2014

The Theatres Trust is delighted to welcome Ross Anthony as its first full-time Planning Adviser. This new role brings together all aspects of the Trust’s planning work, including its role as a statutory consultee on theatre planning applications, the development of policies which promote and protect the social and cultural value of theatres in local and neighbourhood plans, and the protection of theatres in national planning policy.

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Theatres Trust comments on Brighton Hippodrome Holding Direction

19th August 2014

The Theatres Trust is pleased that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, has issued a Holding Direction to Brighton and Hove City Council in relation to the Planning application for redevelopment of Brighton Hippodrome. A Holding Direction prevents Brighton and Hove City Council from granting Planning permission whilst the DCLG actively consider the call-in request for Planning and Listed Building Consent applications to convert the Brighton Hippodrome into an eight screen cinema and restaurant complex.

The Brighton Hippodrome is the most at risk theatre building in the UK on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013. Find out more about the Brighton Hippodrome case

Fifth Round of Small Grants Announced by The Theatres Trust

1st August 2014

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its fifth round of small capital grants to theatres. Among the five successful theatres in this round are the Grade II* listed Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and the community-owned Shanklin Theatre on the Isle of Wight.

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Culture Secretary reappoints Trustee of the Theatres Trust

17th July 2014

Culture Secretary reappoints Trustee of the Theatres Trust
Published 17 July 2014

Theatres Trust requests call-in of Brighton Hippodrome applications

10th July 2014

Applications: BH2013/04348 & BH2013/04351

Brighton & Hove City Council consulted The Theatres Trust on the above planning and listed building applications for partial demolition, subdivision and alterations to the Brighton Hippodrome for conversion into an 8 screen multiplex cinema and cafe/restaurant development. The Theatres Trust is strongly opposed to the applications. Read the Trust’s response and our 10 Key Objections

Brighton and Hove City Council is minded to approve both applications see the Planning Committee report The Theatres Trust has formally requested call-in to The Secretary of State. Read the Trust’s call-in letter. Read the Trust’s second call-in letter

To support call-in either write urgently to The South Team, DCLG, National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Philip’s Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2PW or email:

Further general information on how to call-in and reasons for call-in can be found here.

Not only is the Hippodrome an unique Grade II* Listed Victorian Theatre of national significance, designed by the great theatre architect Frank Matcham, it is in fact the only surviving example of a circus-designed theatre in the country, and should be retained in its original form and used and appreciated as such for live events if at all possible. If this proposal is allowed to proceed we believe it will be irretrievably lost as a theatre.

Theatres Trust responds to Arts Council England investment plans 15 – 18

1st July 2014

The Theatres Trust’s Director Mhora Samuel commented on the 65 capital awards totalling £71m announced today by Arts Council England. “We are delighted that ACE Capital Lottery recognises the important role theatres and arts centres play in sustaining our arts ecology. These grants will make a real difference to ensuring theatres meet the demands of today’s audiences and theatre makers. We are especially pleased that Theatre Hullabaloo has been supported to develop a new theatre for children and young people following the closure of Darlington Arts Centre, and that Cheshire West and Chester Council has been awarded funds for the new Chester Centre, replacing the former Chester Gateway. We are also pleased that over 77% of capital grants have gone to theatres and arts centres in the regions.”

Rebecca Morland, The Trust’s Theatres Adviser, said, ‘We’re delighted to see so many theatres amongst the recipients of both large scale and small scale awards. We are already working with some theatres on their schemes, and look forward to providing advice and support to many others as their projects develop.”

Speaking about the NPO awards, The Theatres Trust’s Director, Mhora Samuel said, “It is good to see revenue investment going into new initiatives such as Southampton’s new Performing Arts Centre, newly opened theatres such as the Doncaster CAST, and regional venues including the Hall for Cornwall and Hull Truck. It is also good to see funding return to the Northcott Theatre in Exeter and Derby Theatre. However with so many organisations responsible for theatres and arts centres having been cut, and many more not achieving NPO status, we will be assessing the impact on those theatres and looking to support them through our Theatres Advice Service. We are particularly concerned about smaller theatres and regional venues that are the only provision in their area, such as Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal.”

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