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Theatres Trust announce six theatres to be awarded grants from UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

6th February 2017

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that it is awarding six small capital grants to a range of theatres across the country from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Launched in April 2012, the Theatres Trust receives support from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Judy Craymer MBE awarding grants of up to £5,000 to theatres across the UK with charitable status to address urgent building repairs and help theatres in need and at risk.

Grants from the UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme are awarded as follows:

The Place Theatre, Bedford
Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington
Leatherhead Theatre
Market Theatre, Ledbury
Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath
Carnegie Theatre and Arts Centre, Workington

Jon Morgan, Director at the Theatres Trust said: “I’m proud that our UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme, now in its ninth Round, continues to help theatres make significant improvements to secure and improve their buildings’ fabric. The results will provide a more accessible and welcoming customer experience for their communities.”

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Grant funding opens doors for theatre campaigners

19th January 2017

Architectural Heritage Fund supports Burnley Empire Viability Study

Campaigners fighting to rescue and restore a derelict theatre in Burnley have received good news this week. The Architectural Heritage Fund have agreed a Project Viability Fund grant of £4000 towards the second phase of the Burnley Empire Viability Study which will allow the group to undertake a buildings evaluation and assess whether the theatre has a commercially viable future.

The funding was applied for by Theatres Trust, on behalf of the Burnley Empire Stakeholders Group, and will be matched by funding raised by Burnley Empire Theatres Trust (BETT). Other members of the Stakeholders Group include Burnley Council, Burnley College, the University of Central Lancashire and Burnley and District Civic Trust. The first phase of the Viability Study was funded by Theatres Trust and Burnley Council, and concluded in December 2016. The overall aim of the Viability Study is to identify a sustainable future for the Grade II Burnley Empire, and provide support for further funding bids which are likely to be needed to restore the theatre.

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Theatres Trust announces winning theatres In Spend a Penny campaign

9th January 2017

Theatres Trust today announces the eight theatres selected to receive £15,000 each from the Spend a Penny campaign, financed by the philanthropic Chairman of Albourne Partners, Simon Ruddick. Deeply empathetic of his wife’s complaints about the ladies’ loos in many theatres, this theatre-going entrepreneur decided last summer to do something, and offered the funding to Theatres Trust to make a start on the improvement of facilities for women primarily, but also gender neutral and unisex toilets.

Submissions for these grants were received at the end of October, and after thorough scrutiny the following theatres have been selected:

Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth
Darlington Hippodrome
Liverpool’s Royal Court
Little Angel Theatre, Islington, London
Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis
Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
Theatre Royal Wakefield

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Annual Report 2015/16 and Corporate Supporters Supplement 2016 published

6th January 2017

Theatres Trust have released digital, downloadable, copies of our Annual Report 2015/2016 (PDF), and our Corporate Supporters Supplement 2016 (PDF), highlighting our key achievements over the past year, and acknowledging the generous Corporate Supporters who have provided invaluable backing, help and assistance towards our work protecting theatres.

Friends and Corporate Supporters should have already received hard copies.

For non Friends and Corporate Supporters, please email to be posted one.

5 London theatres awarded vital funding to improve accessibility and working conditions

7th December 2016

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, have announced five small theatres in London will benefit from the second round of its London Theatres Small Grants Scheme. The awards have been made to theatres in need of immediate repairs, addressing accessibility issues and improving conditions for staff, performers and audiences. Recipients include Soho Theatre, Theatre Peckham, Tricycle Theatre, Young Actors Theatre and Omnibus.

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Theatres Trust in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation announces Urgent Repairs Scheme

28th November 2016

Theatres Trust has announced an Urgent Repairs Scheme , a new fund set up in partnership with the Wolfson Foundation. Theatres in need of immediate repair and maintenance, and which could otherwise face closure, will be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000. The scheme is open to all theatres operating a year-round programme of live performance. Theatres that are not statutory listed will need to demonstrate the architectural significance of their building. Two funding rounds will take place in 2017, closing on 15 March and on 16 September.

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Small Grants Scheme funded works get underway at Tron Theatre Glasgow

28th October 2016

Glasgow’s Tron Theatre received £5,000 in May 2016, towards its water damage repair project, to address water ingress affecting the backstage corridor and the office block – repair works are currently underway.

The UK Small Grants Scheme runs twice a year awarding small capital grants to theatres to improve their building. The next Round closes 5pm 31 October 2016.

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Theatres Trust grants deadlines extended to 31 October

20th October 2016

Our Spend a Penny grant scheme, to target the under-provision of ladies toilets, and our UK Small Grants Scheme, to help theatres address urgent works, will now both close to applications to Monday 31 October at 5pm.

Find out more about the two schemes below, and if you would like to discuss an application then please email

The outcome will be decided in December 2016 after evaluations have taken place, and announced in January 2017. If you know of a theatre that might benefit from support, please do spread the word.

Our grants makes a real contribution to the maintenance of theatres, so they remain safe and secure for audiences to enjoy.

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Theatres Trust statement on Burnley Empire

19th October 2016

Theatres Trust are delighted that the auction date for Burnley Empire has been postponed to allow the Burnley Empire stakeholder group to conclude the second phase of their Viability Study.

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Jon Morgan appointed as new Director of Theatres Trust

18th October 2016

Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce the appointment of new Director Jon Morgan who will take up the position in January 2017.

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