The Theatres Trust

Corporate Supporters Supplement 2015 published

22nd December 2015

The support of our Friends and Corporate Supporters has been invaluable and helped us through yet another busy year. To acknowledge the support of our Corporate Supporters we’ve compiled a free Corporate Supporter Supplement where you can find out more about the theatres and organisations who support us. It’s also a very useful reference to architects, consultants and professional organisations who provide specialist advice and services to theatre buildings.

Download the Corporate Supporters Supplement 2015

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The Theatres Trust hosts PLASA Glasgow Seminar

17th December 2015

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Seminar: Protecting theatres in Scotland
11am–11.45am on Thursday 21 January

The Theatres Trust will present a seminar “Protecting theatres in Scotland” at PLASA Focus Glasgow 2016, which takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow.

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Event: PLASA Focus Glasgow 20 - 21 January

7th December 2015

The Theatres Trust is delighted to be involved in PLASA Focus Glasgow in January 2016. PLASA Focus Glasgow returns to the SECC on 20 – 21 January with another two-day pro-audio and lighting seminar programme discussing the latest technologies for the live entertainment industries. Our Director Mhora Samuel will be around to help with any Scottish theatres advice and planning requests.

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Brighton Hippodrome has a future as a performance venue, says new report

1st December 2015

A Viability Study has been published which demonstrates that Brighton Hippodrome has a future as a performance venue.

Seven organisations came together in June this year to identify a use for Brighton Hippodrome following its purchase by Academy Music Group (AMG).

Led by The Theatres Trust, the Stakeholders Group included Brighton and Hove City Council, Historic England, Our Brighton Hippodrome, Brighton Hippodrome CIC, the Frank Matcham Society, and Academy Music Group. The Theatres Trust funded the Viability Study with financial contributions from Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund and Brighton Hippodrome CIC.

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Theatre 2016 two-day conference - 12 and 13 May 2016

12th November 2015

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The Theatres Trust is delighted to be one of ten industry bodies working together on Theatre 2016, a major two-day conference that will bring 1,000 delegates together from across the theatre sector together on 12 and 13 May 2016 in central London.

See the Press Release announcing dates and initial details.

This is the largest ever event of this kind and the first time since 2005 that the sector has come together for a major industry-wide event. It will be held across three venues in London’s West End: the Piccadilly, Lyric and Arts Theatres.

For more information see Theatre 2016

Theatres Trust publishes 38th Annual Report

27th October 2015

The Theatres Trust releases its 38th Annual Report: ‘Empowering communities to protect theatres’’ which highlights its achievements from April 2014 to March 2015.

As the National Advisory Body for Theatres we provide advice and support to secure a better and more sustainable future for the nation’s valued theatres. We champion all theatres and provide expert knowledge and an authoritative voice on the significance and value of theatres.

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust said “The Trust’s focus this year was our work with local communities and we worked with more theatres than ever, helped more projects with advice as well as financial resources, and developed our new workshop programme to inject new skills into organisations – helping communities and theatre owners to find innovative solutions to ensure no city, town or community is without access to a theatre.

Tim Eyles, appointed as Chair of The Theatres Trust in February 2015 said “The Trust has a vital role in protecting theatres for everyone, and I intend to continue the great work of my predecessor Rob Dickens CBE and ensure that the Trust’s role as an advisor, a champion and a resource for theatres grows. In the next three to five years you will hear the Trust’s voice more often and loudly, and we are already starting to plot a clear path.”

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Discovering The Theatres Trust Archive
A free Explore Your Archive event

27th October 2015

Join us for a free lunchtime talk and discover The Theatres Trust Archive
Thursday 19 November 2015, 1.00pm – 2.00pm

Our collections track the history, design and development of theatre buildings throughout the UK, and contain over 30,000 images, 10,000 architectural plans and 2,700 working files. This is your chance to look at some highlights from our collections, hear about our Summer Archive Project and find out how you can use our materials.

This talk will be held at The Theatres Trust Resource Centre, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H OQL.

Places must be reserved in advance by emailing

We look forward to sharing our collections with you.

Theatres Trust announces TheatreStage line-up for PLASA 2015

30th September 2015

Fifteen special theatre industry events take place on The Theatres Trust’s TheatreStage at PLASA Show 2015 from Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 October at ExCel London.

Our TheatreStage plays host to key organisations and associations in the theatre sector announcing their latest activities, making presentations and giving awards, including the Association of Lighting Designer’s Michael Northen Award on Monday 5 October at 1.30pm.

The programme includes 15 presentations over three days from the Association of British Theatre Technicians (ABTT), Association of Lighting Designers (ALD), Backstage Heritage Collection, Behind the Scenes UK, Production Managers’ Forum, Society of Theatre Consultants, The Theatrical Guild, and ourselves, The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres.

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Seventh round of UK Small Grants announced

24th September 2015

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its seventh round of small capital grants to theatres from its UK Small Grants Scheme. Successful theatres in this round are the Upfront Arts Theatre in Penrith, Bristol’s volunteer run Wardrobe Theatre, Colne’s Pendle Hippodrome, the Category B-listed Theatre Royal Dumfries, and the Horse and Bamboo Theatre in Rossendale.

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Grade II listing given to Hull's Donald Roy Theatre

18th September 2015

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Historic England have advised that the Donald Roy Theatre, also known as the Gulbenkian Centre, has been added to the List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. The building is now listed at Grade II. The theatre was designed in 1967-9 by Peter Moro for the University of Hull’s Department and incorporates a fully adaptable theatre. The building is of particular interest in Moro’s career as he here expresses the concept of flexible theatre in its purest form as a flexible black box performance space, informing his subsequent work, such as the studio theatre extension to the Theatre Royal, Bristol.

The Trust supported the original listing application made in 2005 and Historic England’s recent recommendation to the Secretary of State.

To view the listing, please click here

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