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The ABTT is a charity with membership open to anyone with an interest in theatre design and technology. The Association provides education in technical subjects connected with theatre and theatrical staging, and promotes high standards in both theatre design and technical presentation of theatrical works. There are various membership categories but anyone committed to the technical aspects of theatre is encouraged to seek admittance as a Member of the Association. Membership offers a number of benefits. Members give the ABTT a voice with which to campaign for suitable legislation, meaningful training and appropriate professional recognition.
The Albany Theatre is an art deco, proscenium arch stage theatre based in Coventry, West Midlands. Formerly Coventry’s City College building it was opened in 1935, with Art Deco interiors and a 620-seat theatre. After the threat of closure in 2009, the theatre was saved and re-opened in 2013. It was re-named the Albany Theatre and is run by The Albany Theatre Trust. The theatre’s vision is Arts for Life, a programme of events and performances to promote wellbeing, community cohesion and active citizenship. The Theatre is supported by volunteers serving the local community.
Built as a “People’s Palace” in 1873, this Grade II listed entertainment destination was built to provide north London with a magnificent cultural and recreational centre. Of particular significance is its now derelict Theatre, dating from 1875, with its original wooden under stage machinery. Alexandra Palace is on Historic England’s Buildings at Risk Register and The Theatres Trust’s Theatre Buildings at Risk Register 2015. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the London Borough of Haringey the BBC Studios and East Court will be transformed into a heritage attraction telling the story of popular entertainment from music hall to television. This project, including the reinstatement of the Victorian Theatre as a “found space” venue, will provide significant community and public benefit to the site from spring 2018. Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust are now only £1 million short of funding to complete this transformational restoration project.
Our vision is to create jobs and vibrant communities by supporting local enterprises and arts and cultural organisations. Local businesses and arts and cultural organisations are key to sustaining vibrant, healthy communities as they are the main source of employment and economic growth and community well-being. By offering practical support and reviewing the way businesses manage their supply chains, support high street regeneration and grass roots arts organisations, businesses can open up opportunities for growth, innovation and job creation.
Over the next three years we are working with business and their people with strong commercial skills to transform arts and cultural organisations, accelerating their growth and social impact. With traditional funding streams under pressure, arts and cultural organisations are looking for new ways to collaborate and diversify their income streams in order to innovate, grow and create social impact. There is an appetite for change and entrepreneurship. The Arts & Culture programme offers business expertise, mentoring and board level support for arts and cultural organisations – currently in London and Birmingham.
The Belgrade Theatre was built in 1958 as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II and was named in honour of the Yugoslav gift of timber used to help reconstruct the city. Holding 858 in its two-tier main auditorium, it remains one of the largest regional producing theatres in Britain. Autumn 2007 saw the re-opening of the Belgrade Theatre after completion of its major capital project, which included a new 250-300 seat second space and refurbishment of the existing listed building. Hamish Glen has been both Artistic Director and Chief Executive since 2003.
Chichester Festival Theatre is one of the UK’s flagship producing theatres and has an international reputation; the emphasis of its programme is on the annual Festival, normally running from April to October. During the summer a musical beats at the heart of the season, surrounded by world premieres as well as brand-new productions of classic dramas and comedies, all of the highest quality. As well as the annual Festival, we offer the best touring drama, music, opera, comedy and children’s theatre during the autumn and winter months. To find out more about our current programme and to join our free email list, visit our website.
The Coronet is London’s most versatile events venue. It was originally built in 1872 and has a proud history. Much of its life has been spent as a cinema, but it now flourishes as an events space, hosting an array of different events; live music, club, corporate, comedy, film, rehearsals, and sports to name but a few. The Coronet can cater for up to 2,600 guests based over four floors and has the additional use of four railway arches. Installed in the venue is a huge d&b J-series sound system and full light rig, all included in the hire. The Coronet is the gem of south London and serviced by amazing transport links. It truly can host any event.
Creative & Cultural Skills gives young people opportunities to work and learn in the creative industries. We want to ensure that employers benefit from a skilled generation of talent and continue on a course of economic growth. Our network of industry and education supporters – the National Skills Academy for Creative & Cultural – is open to those who are committed to the provision of high-quality creative education and training, apprenticeships and careers advice. Through our Building a Creative Nation campaign we encourage all creative organisations to create jobs and promote responsible and sustainable recruitment practices.
Cumbernauld Theatre Trust Limited is a Regularly Funded Organisation (RFO) of Creative Scotland and also receives core funding from North Lanarkshire Council. Cumbernauld Theatre is one of Scotland’s oldest professional producing theatres creating popular theatre. Situated in the beautiful Cumbernauld House Park the theatre also has a year-round programme showcasing the best drama, music, comedy and dance from visiting companies. Alongside the theatre and studio theatre there are also bars, rehearsal, workshop and meeting spaces which are a dynamic creative hub for both professional and community projects. A new theatre is being planned as part of the Cumbernauld Academy campus.
Darlington Civic Theatre first opened its doors in 1907 as the New Hippodrome & Palace of Varieties under the leadership of Managing Director Signor Rino Pepi, an internationally renowned quick change artist. The reputation of Darlington Civic Theatre has continued to grow over the years, with many famous faces gracing its stage. Deeply rooted in the local community, the theatre is currently fundraising to restore and renew the building to its former glory. An Iconic landmark and a source of immense civic pride, the restoration will enable the theatre to survive and thrive, enhancing the audience enjoyment and ensuring that future generations are able to experience this wonderful theatre.
Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse make up a single engine for creative excellence and artistic adventure. Last year the Everyman reopened following a £28m redevelopment, winning a host of awards including the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize. At the Playhouse as well as the main theatre there is a small studio space. Young Everyman Playhouse – The Stage’s Stage School of the Year 2015 – offers comprehensive training opportunities on stage and off-stage for under-26s. In recent years the theatres have repeatedly collaborated with partners beyond Liverpool, including Kneehigh (Dead Dog in a Suitcase), Northampton Royal & Derngate (The Hook) and Headlong (The Glass Menagerie).
The earliest surviving Frank Matcham theatre – originally the Opera House. Now a fully restored 670-seat receiving venue with a 60 seat Studio Theatre, extensive education programme and production company.
Built by actor-manager Samuel Butler in 1788, this is Britain’s oldest working theatre in its original form. It was fully restored and extended in 2003 and offers a varied live performance programme to suit all tastes. A founder member of Perspectiv, the Association of Historic Theatres in Europe, The Georgian Theatre Royal Experience is open for guided historical tours which take in a newly renovated museum space. Amongst the many exhibits is The Woodland Scene – Britain’s oldest surviving stage scenery. There is also an extensive archive and educational opportunities are available through the Paul Iles Learning Centre. It also has a thriving youth theatre and offers free community events. Please see our website for online booking and further information on our tours and other activities.
The Grand Theatre was built by Frank Matcham in 1894 and celebrated its 120th birthday in 2014. Saved from demolition in 1981 by a passionate group of local supporters, this beautiful venue is a wonder of restoration and revival. Our mission is to be the theatre of choice for the people of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre: a local resource of national significance. We are committed to conserving the integrity of this irreplaceable Grade II star listed Victorian theatre.
The Little Theatre Guild, now known as the LTG, has been in existence since 1946 to represent the views of amateur theatres across the UK. Our membership extends throughout the UK, plus some overseas locations. In particular membership of the LTG is open only to those amateur theatres that own or lease the theatre premises upon which productions are mounted. We currently have 112 member theatres right across the United Kingdom, with two overseas members, ranging from 64-seat up to 450-seat auditoria. This includes theatres that present only four plays per year to those that present a continuous repertoire.
Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen and Andrew Mills manage the St. Martin’s Theatre and the Ambassadors Theatre, both listed buildings. The Ambassadors is 102 this year and the St Martin’s reaches its centenary in November 2016. The St. Martin’s is the current home of the world’s longest running play, The Mousetrap, now in its 64th year, which ran at the Ambassadors Theatre for its first 25 years. The management of the theatres is dedicated to maintaining the integrity and style of the historic buildings, while endeavouring to equip them for the 21st century.
A unique, 500 seat theatre for the entire community, by the community. The mission of New Mills Art Theatre Limited is to be a volunteer-based organisation promoting quality community theatre experiences for the people of New Mills and High Peak District by providing educational opportunities and entertainment in the theatrical arts. The Art Theatre strives to: Remain a volunteer based organisation representative of all segments of our community; Increase awareness of community theatre and its benefits; Repair, maintain & improve the 1911 building in order to enhance production quality and better support ancillary activities such as rehearsal and workshops.
The New Vic is one of the country’s most successful producing theatres, engaging an audience of over 150,000 people each year. A programme of acclaimed theatre work is complemented by an award-winning community programme, education work and an arts engagement programme Appetite, which together reach an additional 300,000 people of all ages annually. The theatre was built in 1986 as Europe’s first purpose-built theatre-in-the-round, and as such is significant in terms of the architectural heritage of theatre development in the UK. Since then the New Vic has forged a national reputation for producing first class theatre – currently 8 or 9 in-house productions a year – and is the only Arts Council England NPO for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Royal & Derngate is the main venue for arts and entertainment in Northamptonshire, last year engaging with more than 500,000 audience members and participants. It offers a diverse programme of work on its stages, from drama to dance, stand-up comedy to classical music, and children’s shows to opera. Some of the biggest names and shows on tour can be enjoyed here, alongside an award-winning Made in Northampton programme of in-house produced work that in recent years has toured throughout the UK, transferred to the National Theatre, West End and Broadway. A comprehensive education and creative learning programme ensures that the theatres are relevant and accessible to everyone in Northamptonshire. Such is the success of its onsite cinema the Errol Flynn Filmhouse, named after the theatre’s most famous alumnus, that a second screen is currently under construction.
The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama is a higher education conservatoire – a specialist college of the University of London which nurtures creative collaboration. Courses include acting, applied theatre, movement, musical theatre, drama & movement therapy, theatre & live performance, puppetry, scenography, actor & teacher training, voice, technical arts & production, and writing for stage & broadcast media. With over 60 academic staff, together with visiting artists and lecturers, Central has the largest grouping of drama/theatre/performance specialists in the UK, an active research culture and is a hub for the theatre and performance industries.
SeatPlan.com offers expert seating guides for theatres in London. Users can navigate through cutting-edge interactive seating plans with hundreds of tips on where to get the best views at each venue. The site also features thousands of seat reviews written by the general public, to help others understand the quality of the view from each seat. Our service helps theatre-goers get the best value for money when booking their theatre tickets, whilst helping to market shows and venues. If you are interested in having your venue listed on SeatPlan please contact us via phone or email using the details below.
In January 2010, Isle of Wight Council voted to close Shanklin Theatre. Subsequently, Shanklin Theatre Limited was formed, comprising Councillors and some theatre Friends, to operate the venue. The Town Council finally gained access in the spring of 2010 and the first production under new management was staged on 6 May 2010. Now a Grade II listed building, the Friends of Shanklin Theatre provide the mainstay of staff to run and manage the 615-seat theatre. There are nearly 60 regular volunteers, without whose generous assistance it would not be possible to run the theatre.
The Society provides a meeting point for all those interested in British and British-related theatre and performance. It publishes new books and reprints texts chosen to illustrate aspects of theatre; distributes Theatre Notebook, an illustrated journal devoted to British theatre; puts on a series of lectures by distinguished speakers on topics of theatrical interest; and acts as an advisory body on theatrical matters. It also offers research grants to encourage work on theatrical subjects, especially those connected with live theatre, and also hosts an annual Theatre Book Prize.
The beautifully refurbished Grade II* Theatre Royal Bath, dating from 1805, is one of the few remaining theatres from that period. Audiences of 270,000 a year from a 50 miles radius and beyond, make the Theatre Royal one of the most successful regional theatres. A rich programme of drama, opera, ballet, comedy and musicals is presented by Britain’s most illustrious companies. Theatre Royal Bath Productions is nationally important as a leading producer of West End and touring plays. The Ustinov Studio and the Egg Theatre have extended the programme to encompass contemporary theatre as well as encouraging new audiences.
With over half a million visitors every year, the Theatre Royal + Royal Concert Hall Nottingham are two of the UK’s most successful touring venues, leading the way for arts and entertainment in the East Midlands region. Our diverse programme of events includes internationally renowned orchestras, the highest quality ballet, opera and touring drama alongside West End musicals, stand-up comedy, rock and pop. Also offering a wide range of workshops and projects involving the local community, free foyer performances, backstage tours, plus our bustling café bar and restaurant, there really is something here for everyone.
Theatre Royal + Royal Concert Hall, Theatre Square, Nottingham NG1 5ND
T 0115 989 5555
Granted its Royal licence by King George III, the Newcastle Theatre Royal opened on Drury Lane in 1788. In 1837, the theatre moved to the spectacular Grey Street. The theatre’s façade is regarded as one of the finest in the UK and its 1901 auditorium is by Frank Matcham, created after the original interior was destroyed by fire in 1899. The Grade I theatre has an annual audience of over 400,000 and each year presents over 400 performances of the finest drama, the brightest West End musicals, the cream of comedy, award winning ballet and dance, family-friendly shows, sensational opera – and (we think) the best Panto in the country!
The Theatre Royal Plymouth is a cultural centre for the South West, producing and presenting a broad range of theatre in three distinctive performances spaces: The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab. TRP specialises in the production of new plays, alongside producing musicals and drama, many of which tour nationally or transfer to the West End. The Creative Learning programme is broad and significant and engages with young people and communities in Plymouth and beyond. The award winning waterfront Production and Learning Centre, TR2, is a unique facility with unrivalled set, costume, prop-making and rehearsal facilities.
Theatre Royal Wakefield is the UK’s smallest surviving Frank Matcham Theatre, opened in 1894. The theatre is a producing and receiving house attracting 80,000 audience members annually and touring throughout the UK in partnership with the John Godber Company. Learning and Participation activities include stunning versions of West End Musicals Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar. They enhance a programme of professional work including drama, dance, music and comedy. Situated adjacent to Westgate mainline station (Leeds to London), the theatre is well worth a visit to take in the splendour of the original Victorian features and enjoy an intimate theatre experience.
UK Theatre is the leading membership organisation for theatre and the performing arts. UK Theatre supports theatre and performing arts organisations and individuals who work professionally in the performing arts at all stages of their career. Members benefit from access to a range of professional services, high quality training, events and networking opportunities. As well as running the only awards scheme to recognise excellence in theatre throughout the UK, UK Theatre leads audience development programmes and actively campaigns on behalf of theatres and their audiences.
Drama, Theatre and Performance is our passion, and our courses focus on exploring the broad church of contemporary drama, theatre and performance work. Practical and theoretical investigation will give you a deep insight into how drama, theatre and performance is created and received. Developing your own creative performance practice as a performer, director, writer and workshop practitioner. We teach through practice and the practical application of ideas, assessing not only what you know but the creative application of that knowledge. Theory and Practice need to be in a dynamic and fluid relationship and that’s how we’ve designed our courses.
Drama Department, The Sir Patrick Stewart Building, Queensgate, Huddersfield
T 01484 478 449
The V&A’s Theatre & Performance Department is the national collection of performing arts material, documenting both current and historical practice of the performing arts in the UK. The extensive range of materials includes: programmes, business and personal archives, costume, designs, promptbooks, printed books, manuscripts, posters, plans, prints, photographs, props, puppets, stage machinery, set models and the National Video Archive of Performance (unique recordings of stage shows made by the Department’s own film unit). These are made accessible by appointment at the V&A’s Blythe House, Reading Room, Kensington Olympia, on display in our permanent gallery at the V&A, and through temporary and touring exhibitions.