The Theatres Trust

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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Harlech's Theatr Ardudwy confirmed as Grade II* heritage listing

6th October 2016

Theatr Ardudwy

Theatr Ardudwy in Harlech, Wales, has been confirmed as the first post war theatre building in Wales to be granted statutory listing.

This brutalist style theatre was built in 1973 as an arts centre attached to Coleg Harlech.

The college was listed Grade II* in 2001, though the theatre was largely omitted from the list description and was not considered to be part of the listing. Cadw have now reviewed that decision and confirmed that the theatre is already listed by virtue of its physical relationship and interconnection with the layout of the college buildings.

Cadw are currently updated the list description for the college to fully recognise the theatre building.

Marine Theatre Lyme Regis benefits from UK Small Grants Scheme award

4th October 2016

We’re delighted to see that our Small Grant Scheme Award has helped with improvement works to the facade of Marine Theatre Lyme Regis – look out for the final piece of the puzzle, new signage!

The UK Small Grants Scheme runs twice a year awarding small capital grants to theatres to improve their building. The next Round closes midday 26 October 2016.

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York Friargate Theatre installs flood prevention measures thanks to UK Small Grants Scheme award

19th September 2016

We’re delighted to see that our Small Grant Scheme Award has helped with flood prevention and refurbishment works to the York Friargate Theatre by installing a sump and pump, and allowing the installation of a new office floor!

The UK Small Grants Scheme runs twice a year awarding small capital grants to theatres to improve their building. The next Round closes midday 26 October 2016.

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Harlequin donates to Theatres Trust Resource Centre

7th September 2016

On 24 August, Harlequin Floor’s Group Marketing Manager, Mark Rasmussen met with Rebecca Morland, Interim Director of Theatres Trust to make a donation toward the upkeep of its Resource Centre, which houses a library, special collections and an archive, as well as dedicated spaces for theatre professionals and scholars to access these.

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Symposium: The National Theatre - A Place For Plays, 30 October

6th September 2016

For the 40th Anniversary of the opening by Her Majesty the Queen of the National Theatre by Sir Denys Lasdun, the ABTT are proud to present a symposium, in association with the National Theatre, at the Olivier Theatre on 30 October 2016 from 9:30am – 8:00pm.

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Mark Price MRTPI, IHBC joins Theatres Trust as Heritage and Planning Consultant

6th September 2016

We are delighted to announce that Mark Price will be working with Theatres Trust as Heritage and Planning Consultant from 1 September onwards. Mark worked for the Trust until June 2015, most recently as Theatres at Risk Adviser, and is currently Principal Heritage Officer for the London Borough of Brent and a freelance Heritage and Conservation Consultant. Mark will provide additional expertise to the team, especially as regards theatre conservation, heritage and planning.

Spend a penny scheme to improve the provision of Ladies’ loos in theatres

15th August 2016

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce a new scheme to enhance the theatregoing experience of female audience members by improving their restroom facilities. The scheme’s benefactors, Susan and Simon Ruddick hope that this initiative will bring direct relief to a few, while at the same time (indirectly) raising the profile of an issue that is of recurring concern to many.

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