The Theatres Trust

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: www.abtt.org.uk/abtt-publish-new-guidance-for-the-inspection-of-suspended-fibrous-plaster-ceilings/.

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 www.theatrestrust.org.uk/about/jobs.

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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 www.twitter.com/theatrestrust.

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 www.justgiving.com/theatrestrust


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


Theatres Trust announcement

14th June 2016

The Theatres Trust announces that Mhora Samuel is stepping down from the Trust as its Director after 10 years in the role.

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Lifeline for Dudley Hippodrome

7th June 2016

The Theatres Trust is delighted by the news that Dudley Hippodrome, a building on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, has been given a lifeline, averting the recent threat of demolition.

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Sharing Heritage: Theatres Trust receives £5,200 Heritage Lottery Fund grant to open up its architectural archive

6th June 2016

The Theatres Trust has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant for its Open up! Cataloguing our Regional Theatres Architectural Archive project, it was announced today.

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Eighth round of small grants announced by Theatres Trust

12th May 2016

Theatres Trust is pleased to announce the recipients of the Theatres Protection Fund’s Small Grants Scheme. Successful theatres in this round are: the Theatre Royal Winchester; Friargate Theatre in York; Tron Theatre in Glasgow; Bridgwater Arts Centre and the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis.

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Conference 16: Protecting Theatres
What will our theatres look like in 40 years?

28th April 2016

The Theatres Trust is delighted to announce that booking is now open for our tenth annual conference: Conference 16: Protecting Theatres, a leading event in our 40th Anniversary year.

In this milestone year in the history of the Trust we will examine the state of our nation’s theatres and discuss their future.

We will consider the past and present influences on theatre architecture and design; the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution; changing demographics; housing delivery and community and audience demand.

We will then look to the future, and the potential for the next 40 years, and ask:

• What kinds of theatres will we need to build, and how will we find the resources to do so?
• How should we be asking existing buildings to adapt and change?
• What impact will the popularity of digital distribution of live theatre have?
• How will we ensure that the right spaces are available in the right locations for the next generations of theatre makers?

Protecting Theatres will also examine the wider cultural landscape, including the role of theatres in stimulating cultural and economic development, and the increasing technical demands being placed on theatre buildings.

Join us to discuss these topics and more at Protecting Theatres on 21 June at the New London Theatre.


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