SAVE Britain’s Heritage announces Streatham Hill Theatre on its Buildings at Risk list as new video released

On 29th June, Streatham Hill Theatre was announced as being added to the SAVE Britain’s Heritage Buildings at Risk Register 2022.
The theatre campaign has gained two new Patrons – David Harewood and Jools Holland
, as well as a new 15 minute video (which you can watch below) about the campaign and the work being done to save this sleeping beauty from the wreckers’ ball.

David Harewood MBE and Jools Holland OBE DL have become Patrons of The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre campaign to find a sustainable solution to the future of the building, and promote its return to use as an arts and culture venue for the community. Harewood and Holland join the other distinguished Patrons of the campaign who include Baroness Floella Benjamin, DBE, DL, Samira Ahmed, and Sir Mark Rylance.

Also, broadcast journalism students at the University of Westminster have published online a student documentary featuring Sherwood star, and campaign Patron, Robert Glenister, and others, covering the history of the Theatre, its importance, and the campaign to save it. You can watch this by clicking the image above.

Responding to these announcements, David Harvey, Chair, The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre said “These developments demonstrate yet more recognition for the majestic Streatham Hill Theatre, its historic importance, and the breadth and depth of support in the community for the building to be rejuvenated for a future in arts and culture.”

Jools Holland said: “The prospect of bringing back to life a theatre in South London, with a stage the equivalent size of the Palladium, is very exciting. My friend the late Chris Barber and his jazz band played there in the fifties, and it would be so wonderful to see the Streatham Hill Theatre filled with all kinds of music once again. I’m delighted to add my support to this important campaign to save it.”

David Harewood said: “Theatre and the Creative Arts are so important for people’s well-being, which is just one of the reasons I’m fully behind the Friends’ campaign to bring this very special building back to life as a beating heart for our wonderful Streatham community and beyond.”

Henrietta Billings, Director, SAVE Britain’s Heritage, said: “With dazzlingly opulent interiors, this exceptional 1920s theatre is an important part of London’s rich cultural history. Remarkably little altered since it opened, it is well-suited to being brought back into use as a performance venue. SAVE Britain’s Heritage is today adding it to our Buildings at Risk Register as the theatre has lain largely disused for some time and is highly vulnerable to redevelopment. Fortunately, The Friends of Streatham Hill Theatre have a vision to bring the theatre back into use for the community. SAVE wholeheartedly supports their initiative.”


Heritage Open Days return this September!

England’s biggest festival of history and culture returns this September. Right now, you can take an early peek at the programme as it develops, with more than 800 free events already planned this year, and more to be added throughout July and August.

Current highlights from a search on theatres brings up these in-person events

The Old Savoy, Northampton

Alnwick Playhouse, Northumberland

Bristol Old Vic

The Stables, Wavendon

Mercury Theatre, Colchester

East Riding Theatre, Beverley

Hull Truck Theatre

Hull New Theatre

Chesil Theatre, Winchester

Gorleston Pavilion, East Anglia

Norwich Puppet Theatre

Newark Place Theatre, Nottinghamshire

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

See the full programme here. Book early to secure your place, as these events do sell quickly!


MGCfutures announces new round of Bursary winners

These 20 talented people are the recipients of this year’s MGCfutures Bursaries.

The MGC Bursary team said of the award’s sixth round “This year we’re pleased to be working with London Performance Studios to support their new role of Cultural Entrepreneur as well as working with Dance Base in Edinburgh to support a Hip-Hop Dance Artist Traineeship.

We’ve also had the pleasure of working with South House to provide a Creative Development Residency at their studio in Faversham

And two recipients have been awarded the Stephanie Arditti bursary in memory of costume supervisor Stephanie Arditti, generously supported by designer Christopher Oram

We are grateful to the Theatre Community Fund for their generous support.”

Congratulations to each and every one of them!

Read more about the happy and talented Bursary recipients here


Save Hulme Hippodrome Campaign goes to court to challenge inactive owners

For those who may not have heard of it before, Hulme Hippodrome is a theatre building of great hiostorical and architectural value which has been on the Theatre Trusts’s Theatres At Risk list for many years.

The buidling has changed hands several times in a series of possibly improper ways, and the Save Hulme Hippodrome Campaign are looking to secure its survival against the ravages of time and its current unsound condition, before it falls beyond repair.

On 14 February Manchester City Council issued notice to owners of the building to make repairs and improvements to its exterior. Known as a Section 215 Notice, it had 11 requirements, listed below, all designed to help slow the decay of the building’s fabric.

As of the time of writing the owners have not started any of these works and instead appealed. The first hearing will occur on 29th July and we wish the Council and the SHH campaign success in getting these irresponsible people to protect the future of this important heritage building.

The list of requirements which have so far been ignored by the building’s irresponsible owners

FOOTNOTE: There is an interesting article by a local reporter Kevin Glenton, with a particularly Mancunian take on the Hippodrome and its significance, which includes talking to members of the Save Hulme Hippodrome campaign. It’s worth a read, and you can find it by clicking here

Camden People’s Theatre launches New Programmers Scheme

If you, or someone you know, is an aspiring Artistic Director or Programmer, then you’ll want to know about an amazing new opportunity – Camden People’s Theatre’s (CPT) New Programmers Scheme – which has recently been launched.

Until July 11th, they are inviting applications to join the scheme – it’s a rare and valuable opportunity to see shows, learn about programming and curation, and plug in to the heart of CPT’s artistic operation over the course of the next twelve months.

CPT says “Participants on CPT’s New Programmers Scheme will see shows on our behalf, write reports, and attend regular meetings with our programming team. We want to cast the net as widely as possible to find the best new work for us to support and stage. We also want to hear from you about artists and projects you find exciting and want to see on our stage.

In return, we offer training and insight into programme assembly and curation at one of the UK’s most excited and socially engaged theatres. This will include the opportunity to collectively programme a week of performance at CPT at the end of your year on the scheme.”

If you’re interested and keen to know more, then you can find out more details at CPT’s website here