The Theatres Trust

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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Launch of The Theatres Trust Conference 14 Report: Community Theatres

10th June 2014

The Theatres Trust’s Community Theatres conference report is launched today at the annual ABTT Theatre Show, Old Truman Brewery, London. Written by theatre journalist Dominic Cavendish, the report provides valuable case studies on how theatres are harnessing their Community Rights and insights into the future community ownership, financing, and management of local theatres?

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Councils 'do not understand or value' role of culture says Trust

6th June 2014

The Theatres Trust has been quoted in
In evidence submitted to a communities and local government inquiry, The Theatres Trust has said that policies to support and retain existing community facilities are ‘unclear in most local plans’. The trust said it was ‘unfortunate’ that policies to protect and provide community and cultural infrastructure did not affect the soundness of local plans.
Councils ‘do not understand or value’ role of culture says Trust
Published: 6 June 2014

The Theatres Trust is out and about this Summer

4th June 2014

This June The Theatres Trust is pleased to be contributing to the fourth International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference from 8 to 10 June.

We’ll be on Stand 103 at the ABTT Theatre Show on 11 and 12 June, specifically discussing the findings of the Conference 14 Report in the Workshop Area at 14.45 on Wednesday 11 June.

You can also catch the Trust at West End LIVE 2014 on 21 and 22 June in Trafalgar Square, and that same weekend follow our Director, Mhora Samuel as she travels round some of our seaside theatres on First Night Riders 2014 raising funds for the work of The Theatrical Guild – please do sponsor her here – it’s a great cause.

Find out more about our Summer Events

Event: International Theatre Engineering Architecture Conference (ITEAC) 8 - 10 June 2014

30th May 2014

The Theatres Trust is pleased to be contributing to the fourth International Theatre Engineering and Architecture Conference.

On Sunday 8 June, Mhora Samuel will be moderating the Creative Financing session at 15:50 with Steve Friedlander from Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, Judith Strong, and Jennifer Mitchell, MSc, BSc, Managing Director, Kings Place Music Foundation. This session will be looking at “How do we persuade other people to pay for new theatres to be built? We discuss examples where developers have been obliged to provide a new theatre as part of an overall building project. What are the pitfalls with this? How can we avoid these? What other cunning financial models are out there.”

On Monday 9 June, Dara Ó Briain will be making his first speaking engagement as a Trustee of The TheatresTrust at 11.20am. An occasion not to be missed!

For more information, to view workshops and to book your ticket visit

New Trustees appointed to Theatres Trust

23rd May 2014

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has appointed 6 new board members and reappointed 5 board members to The Theatres Trust.

New appointments include Dara Ó Briain, Professor Gavin Henderson CBE, Peter Roberts, Simon Ruddick, Ann Skippers and Anna Stapleton. Trustees reappointed for a second term include Nicholas Allott OBE, Ruth Eastwood, Oliver Goodwin, Jerrold Katzman, and Judith Mellor OBE.

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Ten days to go until Conference 14 Community Theatres

17th April 2014

As new ‘Community Rights’ give people more of a say on running their local communities, discover how your theatre can benefit.

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Theatres Trust seeks full time Planning Adviser

15th April 2014

A full-time Planning Adviser is required to manage the Trust’s Planning Service, contribute to the provision of advice, and build excellent external relationships to promote and enhance the reputation of The Theatres Trust in the Planning system.

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