The Theatres Trust

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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Statement: Theatres Trust and ABTT reminder about suspended fibrous plaster ceilings in theatres

8th August 2016

The 1 September marks the deadline by which theatre owners should have had their suspended plaster ceilings inspected by a specialist to ensure that they are safe. The new guidance follows the collapse of the Apollo Theatre ceiling in 2013. Details of survey requirements can be found on the ABTT website:

Mr Melvin Sandell, HM Inspector of Health and Safety, Entertainments, made the following statement to theatre owners:

I will be writing to all local authorities shortly after 1 September to explain that theatres with suspended plaster ceilings should be able to provide evidence that their ceiling has been completely inspected by a competent person and explain how that competence was determined. If by the 1st September you will not yet be able to do this I recommend you contact your local authority as soon as possible to explain what you are doing to ensure the safety of your ceiling and agree the date by which you will have completed an appropriate inspection.

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We are currently recruiting for a Director

29th July 2016

The Theatres Trust seeks to appoint a dynamic, energetic and proactive individual as its new Director to lead and champion the work of the organisation and deliver its ambitious plans for the future.

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We are currently tendering for a Marketing & Communications Consultancy

27th July 2016

The Theatres Trust seeks to appoint a Marketing and Communications Consultant/Consultancy to work with the staff and Trustees of Theatres Trust, in order to enable the Trust to deliver some of the marketing and communications objectives outlined in its new Strategy.

Further information and full tender documents can be found

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Happy 40th Birthday Theatres Trust

22nd July 2016

Today we celebrate turning 40 – 40 years of the Theatres Trust Act which made us a consultee in the planning system, and gave us our remit to protect theatres for everyone!

Theatres Trust 40

Thank you to all our Friends and Corporate Supporters, theatre architects, local authorities, theatre owners, companies and campaign groups who work so hard to keep theatre thriving – and to the theatre goers that enjoy them!

Over on Twitter we’re celebrating our key moments over the past 40 years

Let’s raise a toast to our valuable stock of theatre spaces across the country that make such a vital contribution to the local life and economy in their communities!

With your help we can work to protect theatres for another 40 years – donate today

Culture Secretary statement on DCMS sectors following the EU referendum

29th June 2016

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Culture Secretary statement on DCMS sectors following the EU referendum

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