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Theatres Trust comments on Battersea Arts Centre fire

16th March 2015

The Theatres Trust was devastated to hear about the destruction of BAC’s Grand Hall from the fire. We add our praise and thanks to the London Fire Brigade who managed to contain the fire and stop it spreading. This is such a loss for the organisation, which is so valued by its local and theatre communities alike. We offer our sympathy and support to BAC and will do all we can do to help it reopen fully.

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Theatres Trust comments on proposed Streatham Hill studio theatre

3rd March 2015

The Theatres Trust has advised on the development of plans for a new small-scale community theatre (D2 assembly/leisure) in Streatham since 2010.

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Sixth round of Small Grants announced by Theatres Trust

4th February 2015

The Theatres Trust is pleased to announce its sixth round of small capital grants to theatres. Successful theatres in this round include the Category B-listed Burgh Hall in Dunoon in Scotland, the Little Angel Puppet Theatre in London, and local community theatre, the People’s Theatre in Newcastle.

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Theatres Trust welcomes new Chair Tim Eyles

2nd February 2015

The Theatres Trust is delighted to welcome Tim Eyles as its new Chair, appointed by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP.

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Future secured for Sutton’s theatres with ground-breaking 10-year deal

23rd January 2015

The show will go on for both of Sutton’s theatres which are set to be taken over by a new theatre company to herald an exciting new era for the two venues.

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Theatres Trust publishes Corporate Supporters Supplement 2014

7th January 2015

Each year we offer special thanks to our Corporate Supporters whose generosity and donations make a huge contribution to the work of The Theatres Trust.

The Theatres Trust is delighted to introduce our latest annual Corporate Supporters Supplement. which profiles these companies, theatres, and support organisations.

Download a copy of The Theatres Trust’s Corporate Supporters Supplement 2014.

Not already a Corporate Supporter? Visit our Support Us pages to find out how you can help us promote and protect theatres.


Theatres Trust comments on Royal Victoria Hall Southborough closure

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.


Mhora Samuel comments in The Stage on the big issues that face the industry in 2015

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.

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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.

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Westminster City Council: Update on Apollo Theatre investigation

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.

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