7th January 2015
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7th January 2015
The Royal Victoria Hall, Southborough is the first theatre to close in 2015. Southborough Town Council shut the theatre on the 5 January 2015 after the final performance of its successful pantomime. It intends to demolish the existing theatre and replace it with a new “community hub” for Southborough.
The Theatres Trust is very concerned that the Council’s plans have not addressed the local community’s close association with the existing theatre. The Council has indicated that the new hub could include a new flexible theatre and community space, but has come up with no definitive plans or designs for a replacement theatre that would reflect the ambience, overall form and feel of the existing building.
The recently rebuilt Liverpool Everyman Theatre which won the acclaimed Stirling Prize, took its inspiration from its former building.
The Royal Victoria Hall has been on the Trust’s TBAR Register since 2012.
We have advocated that the existing auditorium could be retained within any future development, particularly as the theatre is part of the town’s history and a gift of David Salomons.
The Theatres Trust does, however, intend to work with the Council and other stakeholders as a statutory consultee to ensure a new cultural venue for the town is at least equivalent to the existing, or is an improved, performance space.
We have already offered Southborough Town Council an Advisory Review of plans through our Advice Service, and look forward to seeing plans at the Pre-Application stage along with local stakeholders in the near future.
5th January 2015
Mhora Samuel, Director of The Theatres Trust, has commented on the big issues that face the industry in 2015 for The Stage, the weekly for the entertainment industry,
“There is a growing gap between theatres that are investment rich and those that are funding poor. Ambitious regeneration-led new theatre developments will emerge alongside others being sold off by local authorities or affected by cuts. Our answer? Empower communities and build relationships with investors and developers to create new delivery models and more resilient theatres”.
Comment appeared in The Stage, print copy, 1 January 2015, page 22.
ABTT Statement following the update issued by Westminster City Council into the Apollo Theatre Investigation
18th December 2014
The Association of British Theatre Technicians has been leading on the development of advice to theatre owners concerning Suspended Fibrous Plaster ceilings in theatres for most of 2014. A group of experts was convened following the request for further guidance to be added to Technical Standards for Places of Entertainment.
17th December 2014
Westminster City Council has called on the Health and Safety Executive and Association of British Theatre Technicians to establish new, more rigorous, guidance governing ceiling checks in historical theatres and cinemas.
Following the internal collapse of part of the ceiling at the Apollo Theatre in 2013, a year-long investigation has concluded that:
- the collapse happened because of the age of the structure
- there has been no breach of the current laws
As a result, the council has concluded that the theatre company and the ceiling inspection firm should not be prosecuted, because they followed the current guidelines.
10th December 2014
The Theatres Trust is pleased to confirm that Conference 15: Valuing Theatres will take place at Milton Court Theatre – part of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama – on Tuesday 23 June 2015.
25th September 2014
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking to appoint an individual with the necessary blend of skills and experience as Chair of The Theatres Trust to succeed Rob Dickins CBE, whose term of office ends on 30 January 2015.
23rd September 2014
The Theatres Trust announces the full programme of events on its TheatreStage at PLASA London from 5 – 8 October at ExCel London. A total of twenty-one presentations will be held on the TheatreStage – running over all four days of the PLASA London show.
TheatreStage provides a focus on the show floor for visitors and the theatre industry to network and learn about projects, initiatives, campaigns and organisations connected to the theatre sector.
19th September 2014
The Theatres Trust is deeply disappointed by the Government’s announcement today that a Public Inquiry will not be held into the redevelopment scheme proposed for Brighton Hippodrome.
18th September 2014
The Grade II* former circus theatre, Brighton Hippodrome tops the thirty-three theatres on The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2014, launched at the Theatre Royal, Brighton on 18 September. The annually published Register features the most ‘at risk’ theatre buildings across the UK under threat of demolition and redevelopment, theatres that lie abandoned, neglected and decaying, and theatres in use at risk of closure.