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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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For all media enquiries and for more information please contact press@theatrestrust.org.uk, 020 7836 8591.


Theatres Trust at 40
A new strategy to protect our theatres

18th April 2016

• Theatres Trust celebrates its 40th Anniversary in 2016

• To mark the occasion we are launching an exciting new strategy and visual identity

• This will strengthen our impact, protecting the nation’s theatres

• Help us secure the buildings for live theatre through our
Theatres Trust 40 programme


The Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, is pleased to announce a renewed commitment to the protection of theatres with a new strategy and visual identity and the launch of our Theatres Trust 40 programme of events.

As the voice for theatres we use our knowledge of policy and practice to promote the value and benefits of theatres in use. We want live theatre to have a place in everyone’s lives.

We are committed to delivering a more powerful campaigning voice. Our expert advice will be more visible and more influential in the planning system and within the theatre industry. We will create new opportunities to discover more about theatres, and we will increase the levels of capital grants and funding we provide.

Chair of the Theatres Trust, Tim Eyles, says,
“Our new strategy and visual identity mark the start of an exciting next chapter in the life of the Trust. We are passionate about great live theatre, and I look forward to the Trust’s expertise being channeled with renewed energy to help the nation’s theatres thrive into the future.”

Director of the Theatres Trust, Mhora Samuel, says,
“Our influence means it’s now very rare to see theatres demolished without being replaced. We’re proud that the quality of theatre design is the best it’s ever been. We’ve achieved great things for theatres by speaking loudly in the planning system. In our anniversary year I invite everyone to join us at a Theatres Trust 40 event, and online, to debate how we continue to protect and promote our nation’s theatres now and in the future.”

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Theatres Trust responds to Culture White Paper

24th March 2016

The Theatres Trust responds to the Culture White Paper published by the DCMS on 23 March 2016.

We are pleased that the Culture White Paper recognises the absolute importance of the arts and culture in people’s lives – in education and the economy; within local communities and internationally. Whilst the ambition of the White Paper shares much with Jennie Lee’s paper of 50 years ago, in our own 40th Anniversary year we agree that the economic challenges faced today are very different.

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Welsh theatres to benefit from enhanced Theatres Trust planning role

22nd March 2016

The Theatres Trust welcomes the Welsh Government’s decision to give us a greater role in protecting theatre buildings in Wales through the planning system.

Theatres are important cultural and social assets that contribute to wellbeing of our lives and the vitality of town centres and as the pressures from development grow there is an increasing need for planning advice to provide better support and protection.

The Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2016 came into force on 16 March 2016. It expands the range of developments requiring planning permission on which local planning authorities now need to consult the Theatres Trust.

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UK theatres to be protected by noise mitigation measures

17th March 2016

The Theatres Trust welcomes changes to the Permitted Development Order (England) as developers now need to address noise impacts before undertaking an office to residential conversion near an existing theatre or live music venue.

From 06 April 2016 local planning authorities will have to consider noise impacts on new residents from existing businesses, under an amended permitted development right that allows offices to be converted to residential use, without the need to obtain planning permission.

The amended Order means developers will now need to seek prior approval from the local planning authority that any noise mitigation measures proposed are suitable to ensure that nearby theatres are protected before a change of use from an office to residential building can be carried out.

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Future brighter for London’s fringe theatres as Soho Estates Director Fawn James announces capital donation

9th March 2016

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce that Soho Estates Director Fawn James has donated £125,000 to the Theatres Trust’s London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.

The scheme was launched in Spring 2015, working with the London Mayor’s Office, to help small theatres in the city with vital capital funding. It was set up in response to the London Assembly’s ‘Centre Stage’ report into the challenges facing small theatres in London, which identified that 93% of small London theatres had yet to raise the money to carry out significant upgrade or repair to their buildings, with a direct impact on their future.

Fawn James joins Cameron Mackintosh’s Mackintosh Foundation as the second major donor to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme.

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Theatres Trust responds to Derby Hippodrome fire of 6 March 2016

7th March 2016

The Theatres Trust have real concerns about Derby Hippodrome’s future following the latest fire on Sunday 6 March 2016.

The Theatres Trust is in contact with Council Officers to find out the extent of the damage to the Grade II listed theatre, which is on our theatre buildings at risk register, and await the outcome of their investigation into the structural condition of the building.

We were only in Derby last week, on the 3 March, talking to Derby City Council about its plans for a new large scale theatre in Derby following the closure of the Assembly Rooms last year after its fire. At the meeting we also discussed ways forward for the restoration of the Hippodrome. We’ve also been advising Derby Hippodrome Restoration Trust who want to purchase, rebuild and reopen the theatre and who’ve just received an HLF start-up grant to help them value the building.

Only a year after the Battersea Arts Centre fire in London this tragedy goes to show, once again, how vulnerable theatres are to fire. For those theatres that have been neglected by their owners and are at greater risk, it becomes doubly important to have full proof safety and security measures in place.

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New Building Better Theatres Workshop ‘A New Life for Historic Theatres’ open for bookings

24th February 2016

  • ‘A New Life for Historic Theatres’ is a new one-day workshop providing advice and guidance to groups in the early stages of bringing historic theatres back to life
  • Book now to attend the Workshop on 5 May at our central London Resource Centre
  • This is the final Workshop in our Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016 season of our Building Better Theatres Workshop Programme, which returns again in Autumn 2016

Groups working to restore and reopen historic theatres face many challenges. They need to have an understanding of theatre architecture, building projects and the conservation of historic buildings, as well as governance, business planning and fundraising. It can be hard to know where to start or who to turn to in the early stages of a theatre project to ensure its success.

‘A New Life for Historic Theatres’ our new one-day workshop, held in our central London Resource Centre on 5 May 2016, will offer a clear route through the early stages of a project. It will bring together a range of case studies and experienced practitioners to provide practical advice and information to campaign groups and organisations looking to manage a successful restoration project.

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