The Theatres Trust


Let’s start exploring theatres!

Trace the history of theatres from Roman amphitheatres through the centuries to twentieth century designs and beyond World War II theatrical institutions.

Be inspired by the drama of a theatre building. Discover the varied styles of theatre decoration, from Jacobean detailing to twenty-first century façades.

Uncover the different types of stages and auditoria that contribute to the feel and scope of the theatre and its productions.

Find out exactly what makes a theatre. The auditorium may be the focal point of a theatre, but from front of house areas to backstage facilities, all areas support the efforts of those creating the production.

Have you ever thought about the people whose job takes them into the world of theatres, why not find out about who works in a theatre?

So now you know whats on offer, either click on the topic that interests you, or start from the beginning!

Calling all teachers

Are you interested in teaching your pupils about theatres? The Theatres Trust has created a range of downloadable PDF resources to be found on the teacher downloads page. These downloads act as a gateway to the resources of The Theatres Trust.

Find out more about our activities and how we could help your school or group understand more about theatres email us.

Exploring Theatres was launched in April 2008.

Visit Theatres

visit theatres is a user-friendly guide to theatres’ tours in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium. Find tours and research theatres’ buildings history and architecture. Learn more about theatres from The Theatres Trust’s database. Visit some of the most beautiful and historic theatres either side of the Channel. Explore behind the scenes, front of house, and theatres’ exhibitions and archives.



June – West End Live 2013

This year we promoted Visit Theatres. There are a number of resources to download and use for activities.

WestEndLIVE13: Activities

Visit Theatres Theatreland Timeline

I heart historic theatres postcard

Colour Me: Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Colour Me: Wyndham’s Theatre

Visit Theatres Wordsearch

Theatreland Walking Quiz 2013


June – West End Live 2012.

Held again this year in Trafalgar Square our stand at West End LIVE was a great success despite the stormy weather. Jubilee and Olympic themed activities included decorating the Royal Box on our Theatres Trust Bags, finding out about Royal Patents and theatres in Westminster with our Royal Theatreland Timeline and taking part in our Theatreland Walking Quiz. If you find yourself in the West End print off a copy of the Quiz, test your knowledge and explore theatres in the area.


November – TheatreCraft2011: Beyond the stage careers fair

June – West End LIVE 2011 Find out more

April – EducationLive Find out more


Exhibition at the National Theatre West End Theatre in the 19th Century’ and associated talk at Westminster Archives on Theatreland

Exploring Theatres was created with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund

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Auditorium stage left, box, stalls and balcony, Nelson Palace Theatre, August 2009
Nelson Palace Theatre

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