The Theatres Trust

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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Theatres Trust seeks a Records Assistant

19th April 2013

The Theatres Trust seeks a Records Assistant. This is an important full-time role, responsible for all the Trust’s records, ensuring they are up-to-date, accessible and easily retrievable, working across our four service areas: Theatres at Risk; Theatres Advice; Grants; and Planning. Records include contact information, letters and emails, papers, publications, catalogues, hard-copy files, electronic files, digital images, collections and archival materials. In addition this job involves an important communications and fundraising role, maintaining records of our key contacts and donors and corresponding with them to ensure that our information is up-to-date.

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Theatres Trust Media Production Services

19th April 2013

The Theatres Trust seeks an individual or agency to provide media production services. Specifics include: organising the planning and production of print and other media products and ensuring all deadlines are met with production standards of the highest accuracy. This includes: commissioning and writing copy; sub-editing copy; commissioning, researching and assembling visual images in appropriate formats and file sizes; assembling advertising collateral, and preparing layouts for print and writing scripts and coding for online publication/applications.

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Threat to theatres from ‘light-touch’ planning controls

18th April 2013

Leading theatre operators have warned against the “potential serious consequences” of new government planning legislation that threatens to bring venues into conflict with local residents.

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Press release: Theatres Trust appoints Rebecca Morland as Theatres Adviser

12th April 2013

The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is increasing its capacity to provide advice on the sustainable development of theatre buildings and is pleased to announce that Rebecca Morland has been appointed as the Trust’s new Theatres Adviser to lead this exciting development.

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Press release: Conference 13 thriving theatres open for bookings

11th April 2013

This year’s Theatres Trust conference provides a unique opportunity to look at how theatres can create a more resilient future by using their buildings to achieve financial self-sufficiency.

thriving theatres takes place on the 11 June 2013 at St James Theatre, the splendid new 312-seat venue in the heart of Victoria in London. We are now open for bookings

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