The Theatres Trust

Christmas Card 2013 on sale now

5th December 2013

Our 2013 Christmas Card is now available to buy, the proceeds of which all go towards supporting the work of the Trust.

Louise Mark has once again designed this year’s Christmas Card which shows a scene of London’s Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue and completes the set of watercolours of the three London west end theatre freeholds owned by The Theatres Trust including the Lyric Theatre, the Garrick Theatre and the Lyceum Theatre.

Christmas Card 2013 (c) Louise Mark 2013

Lyric Theatre, London
Copyright Louise Mark, 2013
Size: 150mm x 150mm

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Theatres Trust joins call not to scale back 'green levies' on energy bills cuts

29th October 2013

Theatres Trust has joined leaders from more than 50 companies and institutes operating in the built environment who have written to David Cameron urging him to reconsider plans to cut green levies on energy bills.

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Launch of The Theatres Trust's Conference 13 Report: thriving theatres

8th October 2013

The Theatres Trust’s thriving theatres conference report is launched publically today at the international entertainment technology event, PLASA London. Written by playwright Fin Kennedy, the report provides valuable case studies and insight into some of the innovative capital solutions and local engagement strategies being adopted by theatres which are helping them to thrive in these challenging times.

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Theatres Trust publishes 36th Annual Report

6th October 2013

We are pleased to present our 36th Annual Report which highlights The Theatres Trust’s work and achievements from 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. As a resource for theatres we protect theatres from destruction, damage and deterioration; promote the importance of theatres; and provide advice on the planning, building, restoration, development and use of theatres.

The Trust responded to 100 planning applications and seven pre-applications, 50 listed building consultations and nine listed building consent pre-applications and responded to 352 local plan consultations securing cultural policies to protect theatres.

The Trust also worked with 27 individual theatres providing expert advice on their future viability, capital development, conservation and maintenance.

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Visit The Theatres Trust at PLASA London 6 - 9 October 2013

6th October 2013

You can come and meet us on Stand A60 and at our new feature, the TheatreStage @ PLASA on Stand A59, a hub for awards and announcements from leading trade bodies and organisations, including the ABTT, ALD, SMA and BECTU, as well as a daily contribution from The Theatres Trust.

The TheatreStage programme runs Monday – Wednesday, and is a ‘must visit’ at the show! Register for free now!

Stay in touch and keep up-to-date on Twitter with @theatrestrust and @plasashow, follow events and voice your thoughts by using hashtag #theatrestage or #theatrestageplasa13.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Press Release: Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013 Announced

18th September 2013

The awe-inspiring Brighton Hippodrome, a magnificent Grade II-star listed variety/circus theatre, and the Grade II listed Swansea Palace, top the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2013 being launched at the Coronet, Elephant and Castle in London on 19 September.

48 theatres feature on Register 2013, published by national advisory public body, The Theatres Trust. Compared to last year there are ten new theatres at risk, seven theatres have been saved, but four have been lost forever.

Penelope Keith CBE DL Theatres Trust Trustee said “More has to be done to protect theatres under threat. The Trust is particularly concerned about the future of Brighton Hippodrome. Plans for the cinema conversion come close to heritage destruction of a Grade II* listed building – and there will be little chance of this wonderful theatre ever being used again for live performance.”

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Theatres Trust responds to London Assembly's Centre Stage report

25th July 2013

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust responds to the London Assembly ‘Centre Stage: Supporting small theatres in the capital’ report launched on 25 July 2013.

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Press release: Third round of Small Grants announced by The Theatres Trust

24th July 2013

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its third round of small capital grants to theatres across the nation, including one of the smallest theatres in the UK - the Tom Thumb Theatre in Margate, and the most northerly theatre in the mainland – the Mill Theatre in Thurso.

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Trust submits response to DCLG permitted development rights for change of use

8th May 2013

On 6 September 2012 the Government announced that new permitted development rights would be introduced to better enable change of use from commercial to residential purposes, as part of a package of measures to support economic growth. It builds on the policy set out in paragraph 51 of the National Planning Policy Framework.

Alongside the new permitted development rights it was announced that local authorities would be given an opportunity to seek an exemption for specific parts of their locality. However, exemptions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, where local authorities demonstrate clearly that the introduction of these new permitted development rights in a particular area will lead to the loss of a nationally significant area of economic activity or substantial adverse economic consequences at the local authority level which are not offset by the positive benefits the new rights would bring.

Read the Trust’s submission to the DCLG

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West End Commission Report cites need for urgent probe into underinvestment in West End theatres

7th May 2013

Chronic underinvestment in historic West End theatres should be investigated by the government as a “matter of urgency”, according to a report looking into the problems affecting the entertainment district. The independent inquiry, led by West End representatives including theatre leaders such as Society of London Theatre chief executive Julian Bird and performing arts promoter Harvey Goldsmith, has found that the lack of financial support for national assets is putting the area’s “pre-eminent” cultural heritage “under threat”.

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Proscenium of Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 1998
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