The Theatres Trust


The Trust’s magazine, Theatres Magazine, is published quarterly for Friends of The Theatres Trust. Find out what’s in the current issue and download past issues here.

The Theatres Trust has also published and contributed to various book and guides on theatre history, design and architecture. They are also available for purchase. If you would like to purchase any of the following publications please contact The Theatres Trust.

Theatres Trust Publications

2011 John Earl British Theatres and Music Halls British Theatres and Music Halls

John Earl. Shire Publications Ltd, 2005 (Reprint 2011)
ISBN: 978-0747806271

After decades of destruction, theatres are now recognised as significant records of the societies that produced them and valuable cultural resources for the present day. This book outlines the history of theatres and music halls from the late sixteenth century to the present time, noting changing fashions in entertainment and evolving official attitudes to safety that have, at various times, influenced the architectural character of the buildings. Particular attention is given to the thirty-five years before the First World War.

2001 Theatres Trust Act Now Report cover Act Now! Modernising London’s West End Theatres A Report by The Theatres Trust
The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund, 2003
ISBN 0-9534675-1-1

ACT NOW! Modernising London’s West End Theatres was published by the Trust in October 2003, following a two-year study of the 40 commercially owned venues in London’s theatreland. It examines the state of the buildings, estimates the costs of bringing them up to 21st century standards and suggests some ways forward.

Free to download
ActNow! Modernising London’s West End

2001 John Earl and Mike Sell - The Guide to British Theatres 1750 - 1950 The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750 – 1950 A Gazeteer
Edited by John Earl & Mike Sell, 2000
A & C Black, 2000
ISBN 0-7136-5688-3

This book looks, town by town, at all surviving theatres built between 1750 and 1950. It makes assessments of their quality, architecturally and theatrically and also assesses the potential of reopening some disused theatres.In addition to its critical assessment of more than 650 theatres, the guide contains details of hundreds of lost theatres and biographical notes on the principal theatre architect.

1999 Judith Strong Encore Strategies for Theatre renewal Encore: Strategies for Theatre Renewal
Judith Strong
The Theatres Trust Charitable Fund, 1999
ISBN 0-9534675-0-3

During the middle years of this century, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco theatres were seen as mere relics of a past age. It was only when the majority had been lost that people began to realise just how good these theatres had been. Since then, many have been successfully restored, modernised and brought back to use. This book tells their stories.

2012 Julies Bicycle and The Theatres Trust Energising Culture Report Cover Image Energising Culture:
A Guide to Future Energy for Cultural Buildings

Julie’s Bicycle, 2012

Authored by Julie’s Bicycle, in partnership with the national advisory body for theatres, The Theatres Trust ‘Energising Culture’ aims to equip leaders of arts organisations with an understanding of the strategic issues around energy demand, supply and implications for business models; and to make informed decisions about long-term energy strategies for cultural buildings.

The guide also covers the current range of financial incentives, sources of funding and investment models available to support organisations in achieving this, without comprising the ability to deliver quality service and meet the needs and expectations of artists and audiences. It also provides examples of innovative and bold responses to the energy challenge showing the potential of the cultural sector to galvanise its inherent creativity and resourcefulness to lead the way in both artistic and public communities.

Free to download
Energising Culture: A Guide to Future Energy for Cultural Buildings

Acting With Confidence:  Scotlands Theatre Architecture Acting With Confidence:
Scotland’s Theatre Architecture

Historic Scotland, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-84917-038-3

Theatres are an important part of Scotland’s cultural, social and architectural history. Each has its own story to tell. In 2008-9 Historic Scotland undertook a thematic study of Scotland’s historic theatre buildings, working closely with The Theatres Trust. This book celebrates the architects and styles of Scottish theatres.

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Acting With Confidence: Scotland’s Theatre Architecture (PDF) now

EnglishHeritage_Sceen_Unseen Scene/Unseen: London’s West End Theatres
English Heritage, 2003
ISBN: 1-873592-74-4

This book celebrates the working buildings at the heart of the British theatrical industry. It explores what constitutes a West End theatre, both culturally and physically, and outlines a brief history if its architecture, while also touching on the role of English Heritage and The Theatres Trust in theatre conservation. From the London Palladium to the Savoy Theatre, it offers glimpses of those areas not normally seen by the public and brings to light the theatre’s hidden world.

Other Publications

20151201 - RoundTheFootlights - cover (225px) Round the Footlights
Mick Escott

Brown Dog Books, 2015
ISBN: 978-1785450242

Britain has the most amazing collection of performance spaces and Round the Footlights the unofficial theatre tour describes author and theatre-enthusiast Mick Escott’s journey to investigate them, from Scotland’s Pitlochry Festival Theatre to Cornwall’s much-loved Minack.

The Theatres Trust verdict: ‘Recommended reading if you’re planning to visit theatres’. And from actor Stephanie Cole: ‘Surprising, charming and entertaining. A must-have for everyone who loves and values the theatre.’

RRP £20

Round The Footlights Info Pack

2008 D Wilmore Frank Matcham and Co Frank Matcham & Co

Theatreshire Books ltd, 2008
ISBN: 978-09534127-1-6

Frank Matcham was the most prolific theatre architect of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During his career he designed or significantly reconstructed over 160 theatres in the British Isles. This new book contains essays that cover hitherto unexplored elements of his work and are introduced by Alan Bennett. The book begins to unlock the secrets about the way he worked. It identifies for the first time the people with whom he collaborated on a regular basis and reveals a significant amount about the way he was able to create so many wonderful buildings.

To purchase any of these publications please contact The Theatres Trust.

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