The Theatres Trust

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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Conference 15: Valuing Theatres is now closed for delegate bookings

17th June 2015

There has been an overwhelming response to the Theatres Trust Conference 15: Valuing Theatres and delegate bookings are now closed.

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Thank you for your interest in Conference 15: Valuing Theatres.

Theatres Trust at ABTT Theatre Show 2015
Alexandra Palace, London
24 and 25 June

27th May 2015

The Theatres Trust is pleased to be exhibiting on Stand D45 at the ABTT Theatre Show 2015 on the 24 and 25 June, this year taking place at London’s Alexandra Palace!

We’d be pleased to talk through any capital projects you are planning. You can pick up the Summer issue of Theatres Magazine and we’ll be on hand to talk about our Small Grants Scheme, Advice Service, Theatres at Risk Register and other resources.

The Trust can offer free pre-registration, so sign up here

Theatres Trust at West End LIVE 2015
Trafalgar Square
20 and 21 June

24th May 2015

The Trust will once again be exhibiting at West End LIVE 2015, Westminster’s celebration of musical theatre, held at Trafalgar Square on 20 and 21 June 2015.

We will be introducing the wider public to our work advising and protecting theatres, and the archive, collections and resources we hold in our central London Resources Centre.

Visit Theatres, co-ordinated by The Theatres Trust to promote theatre building tours across the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands, will be the headline theme of our stand,

We will be inviting audiences of all ages to discover more about the historic theatres on the Visit Theatres route. It is great fun for all the family!

Bookings open for
Conference 15: Valuing Theatres

14th April 2015

Bookings open today for The Theatres Trust’s annual Conference, taking place this year on Tuesday 23 June 2015 at Milton Court Theatre in London, part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

What value do theatres bring to regeneration, commercial development and mixed use schemes?

Conference 15: Valuing Theatres considers ways in which we can work with the property sector to achieve shared cultural, social and economic returns and create new partnerships with developers to build and protect the theatres of the future.

How do we engage with developers who are playing an increasingly important role as theatre builders and capital investors?

Valuing Theatres is chaired by Jim Beirne MBE, Chief Executive of Live Theatre who is leading Live Works, a new £10 million capital development scheme in Newcastle.

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Theatres Trust seeks full-time Architecture Adviser

2nd April 2015

We are looking to appoint a full-time Architecture Adviser to provide authoritative architecture, design, and heritage conservation advice to theatre owners, operators and developers, members of the public and local authorities. The Architecture Adviser will also take over the lead role in the delivery of the Theatres at Risk Service Area.

Find out more about the position, and how to apply by visiting Opportunities

The Theatres Trust to talk at UK Theatre Spring Briefing and Networking Events

29th March 2015

In April and May 2015 UK Theatre will be joined with representatives from The Theatres Trust and Spektrix for their Briefing and Networking Events. Primarily designed as an opportunity to informally meet with other UK Theatre members and arts professionals over a glass of wine, these networking events include a short briefing on the key issues for UK Theatre.

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Theatres Trust comments on Southborough Royal Victoria Hall

25th March 2015

The Theatres Trust has been concerned about the Southborough Royal Victoria Hall (RVH) since Southborough Town Council (STC) approached us for advice back in 2008. The theatre has been on our Theatre Buildings at Risk Register since 2012. Recent reports have stated that The Theatres Trust has approved designs for a replacement theatre as part of a larger community hub. We now want to provide clarification that this is not the case. We have seen outline designs for the scheme, and provided feedback on these. We were very clear that these were outline designs, and urged the architects to consult with user groups, and also work with a theatre consultant.

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