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Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2015 “An untapped opportunity”

17th September 2015

“Thirty-one theatres are at risk in the UK today.” says The Theatres Trust, launching its Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2015.

The Theatres Trust is announcing its 2015 Register at the newly reopened Wilton’s Music Hall in east London on the 17 September. This Grade II* theatre, which was once on the Theatre Buildings at Risk Register, has now been beautifully restored.

More than half the theatres on the Register are located in the north of England, and Wales, and lie unused and in a poor state of repair – despite growing recognition that theatres and culture can make a significant contribution to growth in the region as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

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Mackintosh Foundation helps launch new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme

13th August 2015

The Mackintosh Foundation is to donate £25,000 to launch the new London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, set up by The Theatres Trust to help small theatres in London needing to improve and maintain their buildings.

The Theatres Trust has been working with the Mayor of London’s Office to set up the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, which is a dedicated capital fund to help small theatres lever in other sources of investment, particularly philanthropic support.

It follows the London Assembly investigation led by Tom Copley AM into the challenges facing the capital’s small theatres. The investigation found that over 75% are in need of capital investment for major repairs or upgrades, but have limited capacity to secure the funding they urgently need.

The Mackintosh Foundation is the first organisation to make a donation to the London Theatres Small Grants Scheme, which will now offer grants of up to £5,000 to small theatres across London. The Mackintosh Foundation hopes other organisations and individuals will match its contribution and help provide a much needed new injection of capital funding for small theatres in London.

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Theatres Trust’s plans archive to be catalogued

28th July 2015

The Theatres Trust has been mentioned in The Stage
More than 4,000 architectural plans of UK venues held by The Theatres Trust are to be catalogued for the first time as part of new internships offered by the organisation.

Kate Carmichael, resources adviser at The Theatres Trust, said: “The Summer Archive Projects should provide us with the information we need to share these archives more widely. The architectural plans catalogue will provide researchers, theatre owners, architects and anybody with an interest in the history and development of the UK’s theatres with a route into our valuable collection.”

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Published 28 July 2015

Introduction to the Summer Archive Project

24th July 2015

Her Majesty's Theatre From 29 July to 19 August 2015, The Theatres Trust will be running its first Summer Internship. This year, our focus will be on improving access to The Theatres Trust’s archive of architectural plans of theatre buildings. Read on to find out more about our plans for the summer, and how we’ll be keeping you updated on the project as it progresses.

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Claire Appleby appointed as Theatres Trust's Architecture Adviser

13th July 2015

The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, is pleased to announce the appointment of Claire Appleby as the Trust’s new Architecture Adviser to provide expert advice on the architecture, design and heritage conservation of theatre buildings. Claire joins the advisory team, which includes our Planning Adviser, Theatres Adviser and Resources Adviser.

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Theatres Trust comment on approved Streatham Hill studio theatre and community space

9th July 2015

In our role as the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres and as a statutory consultee in the planning system, The Theatres Trust has been advising on plans for the redevelopment of the former Gaumont Palace Cinema site in Streatham Hill since 2008 which includes a proposed small-scale studio theatre for the community (planning use D1/D2 assembly/leisure). The theatre is being provided through planning obligations negotiated by Lambeth Council which approved the final scheme on 7 July 2015.

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Bookings open for Building Better Theatres Workshop Programme
Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016

30th June 2015

The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, announces booking is open for Building Better Theatres, its Workshop Programme Autumn 2015 – Spring 2016.

Following the success of our 2014-15 programme, the new Workshop Programme offers a series of six day-long, practically-based sessions, led by individuals with real experience of capital projects and their management. It is specially tailored for people responsible for theatre buildings who want practical and detailed advice, not only on capital developments but also on other aspects of caring for their theatres.

The dates for this year’s programme are as follows:-
16 September 2015: Fundraising for a Capital Project
30 September 2015: Theatres and Heritage
21 October 2015: Planning Policy and Theatres
18 Nov 2015: Planning a Capital Project
21 Jan 2016: Delivering a Capital Project
18 Feb 2016: Theatre Maintenance

Our workshops are attended by individuals from a vast range of theatres from throughout the UK. Thirty-four different theatres/organisations ranging from small amateur theatres to large West End companies attended our 2014-15 Workshop Programme.

Visit to find out more about individual workshops and to book places.

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Theatres Trust Director Mhora Samuel to raise funds for Theatrical Guild with First Night Riders

30th June 2015

This year’s First Night Riders charity motorbike and classic car tour of British theatres, which raises money for The Theatrical Guild’s (TTG) vital work, takes to the roads on Friday 3 July to Monday 6 July 2015.

This year marks the sixth year that some of the theatre industry’s biggest movers and shakers zoom together for a weekend aimed at raising awareness and much-needed funds to help TTG support Backstage and FOH staff in need.

Established in 1891, TTG is dedicated to looking after theatre personnel who, due to a variety of circumstances need welfare advice, counseling, educational sponsorship and many other forms of help.

Please help raise funds for The Theatrical Guild by sponsoring Theatres Trust Director Mhora Samuel on FNR 2015

Theatres Trust seeks two Trustees

19th June 2015

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport wishes to appoint two Trustees to The Theatres Trust board, an Architecture Trustee and Property Development Trustee. Deadline for applications is Monday 31 August 2015.

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Brighton Hippodrome stakeholder group launched

19th June 2015

Following the purchase of the Freehold of the Brighton Hippodrome by Academy Music Group (AMG) in April 2015, we are pleased to announce that over the next six months (from 18 June to 17 December 2015), AMG will be working with ourselves, The Theatres Trust, Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), Historic England, Our Brighton Hippodrome, Brighton Hippodrome CIC, and the Frank Matcham Society on a jointly commissioned Viability Study to identify a future use for this unique Grade II* former circus variety theatre. A Stakeholder Group has been formed with representatives of all organisations to oversee the Viability Study.

Council Leader, Warren Morgan said: “BHCC is pleased to be working with stakeholders on identifying a way forward to secure the future of the Hippodrome. This is a very positive initiative and we are keen to see a use that complements our ambitions for the economic development of this area of the city centre.”

Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres said: “We are pleased to be supporting this initiative. The group will be working together over the next six months to find a solution that will protect the historical and cultural significance of this Frank Matcham theatre and identify a beneficial viable use.”

David Fisher, on behalf of Our Brighton Hippodrome and Brighton Hippodrome CIC, said: “This is the moment we have been working towards for the past 18 months. We are pleased and excited that Academy Music Group is creating this opportunity. However, this is not the end of the line, just the first milestone. We shall now be working hard on the business proposition with our stakeholder partners.”

Russell Duly, Head of Property, AMG said: “The Theatres Trust and all other organisations who are involved in this steering committee have our full support to form a collaborative and experienced effort into this study.” The Hippodrome is number one on The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register and is high on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.

For further information contact Rebecca Morland, Theatres Adviser, The Theatres Trust,

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