The Theatres Trust

SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!!

2nd November 2010

A new Trust is being created under the title of “SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!!” (SBT). The founding Trustees are members of the former “Curtains!!! Or A New Life For Old Theatres Committee” which originally researched and published its ground-breaking gazetteer of theatres built in Great Britain before 1914.

John Earl – former Director of The Theatres Trust, Iain Mackintosh – former Director of Theatre Projects Consultants, Michael Sell – International Training Consultant and David Wilmore of Theatresearch Historic Theatre Consultants are extremely concerned about the recent loss of the Nelson Palace & Hippodrome (1909) and the impending demolition of the Wallsend Borough Theatre (1909).

Both these theatres have recently been refused listed status protection by English Heritage – a decision with which “SBT” (applying EH’s own past standards) strongly rejects. Incredibly in times of budget cuts and austerity the demolition of these historic theatres has been funded with money from the public purse. It is believed that well in excess of half a million pounds has actually been allocated for this purpose – and both these theatres could have easily been saved and cherished for long term use by local communities.

SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!! believes that this money could have been utilised to make these buildings accessible to the public. Whilst an immediate return to theatre use might not have been practicable, they could have been used to create a sense of community within these small towns. Buildings such as this could and should be made available to form a local focus for central government’s “Big Society”.

SAVE Britain’s Theatres!!! has been formed to create a national lobbying network to protect the theatres of Great Britain for generations to come. If you would like to register your interest, become involved and receive future e-mail newsletters then contact us at: savebritainstheatres@theatresearch.co.uk

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