The Theatres Trust

Conference 08: Building Sustainable Theatres

17th April 2008

The Theatres Trust’s Conference 08, taking place on 10 June 2008 at the Cottesloe Theatre in London, aims to help theatres meet the environmental challenges of climate change and rising energy costs and understand what’s behind the new energy performance regulations that will affect theatre buildings. Download the full Press Release (PDF). Booking is now closed.


Derby Hippodrome High Court judgment welcomed by The Theatres Trust

10th April 2008

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust attended the High Court hearing held today in London where Derby City Council (claimant) applied for an injunction to prevent the owner of the Derby Hippodrome (respondent) from carrying out further demolition of the theatre. In the three and a half hour hearing the owner continued to assert that his experts declared the building was unsafe and required demolition, contrary to the views of the Council and English Heritage who considered that the building was safe to the public on the street and could be saved.

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Theatres Trust meets Derby City Council to save Hippodrome

2nd April 2008

Following partial demolition of the listed grade II Derby Hippodrome on Friday 28 March, The Theatres Trust has met with senior officials of Derby City Council to discuss plans to secure the future of the theatre. Mhora Samuel, Director and Mark Price, Planning and Architecture Adviser for The Theatres Trust met with Richard Williams, Assistant Director of Regeneration and Councillor Evonne Williams at the council’s offices.

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Theatres Trust shocked by the 'demolition' of Derby Hippodrome

28th March 2008

Today, under the pretext of carrying out ‘essential repairs’ contractors AB Demolition demolished substantial sections of Derby Hippodrome. Fears were raised by The Theatres Trust two days ago that the presence of a demolition crew would only lead to further damage. Structural metal beams supporting the roof were removed and destabilised the whole building. The Hippodrome’s side walls have been pulled down and the theatre’s stage house and flytower have been lost.

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Theatres Trust raises concerns as demolition contractor appears at Derby Hippodrome

26th March 2008

On Tuesday 25 March an excavator, owned by contractor AB Demolition, appeared outside Derby Hippodrome as the deadline for its owner to carry out essential repairs ordered by Derby City Council came to an end. The Trust fears that the presence of the contractor will lead to further damage to the theatre. We hope that local people will be vigilant over the next few days and continue to report any suspect activity to the Council and to us. This is a critical time when the theatre is at its most vulnerable and faces greatest risk.

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The Theatres Trust seeks two trustees

18th February 2008

The Theatres Trust is seeking two appointments to its board, a Welsh member and a Theatre performer. As an advisory public body applicants are asked to apply through the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

PLEASE NOTE: THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS HAS NOW PASSED.


Clearer ACE funding strategy called for

4th February 2008

The Theatres Trust calls for a clearer strategy to secure theatres at risk from loss of ACE funding. Download the full press release (PDF). Click here to download image of Theatres Trust Director, Mhora Samuel.


Chairman reappointed

31st January 2008

Rupert Rhymes OBE is reappointed as Chairman and Trustee of The Theatres Trust by Margaret Hodge, Minister for Culture. Download announcement.


Concerns raised over ACE funding cuts

10th January 2008

Theatres Trust Director, Mhora Samuel raises concerns that ACE arts funding cuts will lead to theatre closures. Download the full press release(PDF).


Theatre buildings at risk

23rd July 2007

The Theatres Trust concern for top historic theatre buildings at risk: Download the full press release (PDF).


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