The Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust launches People's Choice Award 2012

13th June 2012

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce today at the ABTT Theatre Show 2012 that entries are open for The Theatres Trust’s third annual People’s Choice Award.

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Conference 12: ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ is open for booking

24th April 2012

The challenge of achieving the triple bottom line

Booking is now open for The Theatres Trust’s sixth annual conference Delivering Sustainable Theatres taking place at Stratford Circus, London on Tuesday 12 June 2012.

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European Commission visits the ECOVENUE ERDF Project

19th April 2012

On the 19 April Commissioner Hahn and a delegation from the EC visited The Theatres Trust ERDF funded ECOVENUE Project. The visit took place at the Old Vic, one of the fourty-eight participants in the project. The afternoon kicked off with an introduction to the ECOVENUE Project, was followed by a Green Energy discussion and followed up by a tour of energy efficient measures made at the Old Vic.

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The Theatres Trust unveils its specialist theatre buildings Reference Library

4th April 2012

The Theatres Trust officially launches its newly catalogued 1500-strong specialist Reference Library on theatre buildings at the Trust’s Resource Centre in the heart of the West End today. The Theatres Trust has created its own specific classification system which covers 34 unique categories ranging from theatre architecture and design and the history of theatres, to set design, acoustics and theatre management.

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Theatres Trust statement on Culture in the National Planning Policy Framework

27th March 2012

The Government has published its long awaited final National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF). In its draft consultation document, culture, the arts and theatre were absent. This would have left theatres and other cultural institutions vulnerable to the NPPF’s over-riding principle of ‘presumption in favour of sustainable development’, particularly where local authorities did not have their Local Plans in place.

Mhora Samuel, Director, The Theatres Trust said, “Today we celebrate a national planning policy that not only recognises culture, it also creates specific policies that both plan positively for cultural facilities and guard against their loss.”

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Watch Baroness Bakewell’s question on protecting cultural institutions within the NPPF

23rd January 2012

Baroness Bakewell’s question 4 on protecting cultural institutions within the National Planning Framework (NPPF) can be seen by clicking here and moving the slider to 15:00 hours.


Culture and arts endorsed by CLG Select Committee’s draft National Planning Policy Framework Inquiry

21st December 2011

The Theatres Trust is delighted to see the recognition given to culture and the arts in the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report into the draft National Planning Policy Framework published today.

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Theatres Trust Christmas Card 2011 on sale

13th December 2011

Order yours today! The Theatres Trust are delighted to announce that one of our Planning Volunteers, Louise Mark, has created this year’s Christmas Card and we’re offering it for sale to help raise funds for the Trust. It is a beautiful atmospheric watercolour of the Lyceum Theatre in London at night.

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Conference 12: Delivering Sustainable Theatres - The challenge of achieving the triple bottom line

24th November 2011

The Theatres Trust, The National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, has launched its sixth annual conference, ‘Delivering Sustainable Theatres’ – the challenge of achieving the triple bottom line.

Taking place on 12 June 2012 at Stratford Circus in London, next to the Olympic Park in East London, the Conference will explore how theatre buildings are managing their building’s resources and addressing their future sustainability. With its timing scheduled to take place the day before the ABTT Theatre Show, Conference attendees and sponsors will be able to take advantage of these co-located events, and network with the UK’s theatre sector as they congregate in London.

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The Localism Bill is now the Localism Act and references cultural assets

12th November 2011

The Localism Act 2011 received Royal Assent on Tuesday 15 November following eleven months of parliamentary scrutiny. The Bill progressed rapidly through its final stages, with MPs accepting all the Lords Amendments on 7 November. Speaking in the Commons on 7 November , Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark told MPs: “This is an historic bill, not just for the measures it contains but for what it represents. It is about striking out in a different direction. Power should be held at the lowest possible level.”

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