About us

We believe that current and future generations should have access to good quality theatres where they can be inspired by, and enjoy, live performance. We champion the future of live performance, by protecting and supporting excellent theatre buildings which meet the needs of their communities.

Watch a video about our priorities over the coming years.


Watch a video about our work that we produced in autumn 2018 with the help of some of our Ambassadors.


Our Vision

Theatres fit for the future

We believe people should have access to theatres wherever they live across the UK, whether in small communities, towns or cities, so they can engage in creative activity and attend live performance. 

Theatres have a positive role to play in placemaking, contributing to the local economy and to people’s well-being, making our villages, towns and cities great places to live, work and visit. 

Theatres are central to the continued health and vibrancy of the theatre sector which depends on well designed and well-run theatres of all scales and styles across the country, nurturing talent, providing platforms and engaging with their diverse local communities. 

In order to play this vital role in our communities and in the theatre sector, theatres need to be resilient, environmentally sustainable and inclusive. 

Our Mission

Theatres Trust is the national advice and advocacy body for the UK’s theatres supporting all forms of theatres, whether old or new, commercial, subsidised or community-run.

We protect theatres and champion the future of live performance by advising and supporting our nation’s theatres to develop best practice in design and management following the four principles of resilience, environmental sustainability, inclusivity and placemaking.

Our Remit

We are the national advisory public body for theatres, we are a statutory consultee on theatres in the planning system, and also operate as a charity.

We were set up by the Government through an Act of Parliament in 1976 and work to promote the better protection of theatres for the benefit of the nation.