Theatres Trust awards £58,000 of new small grants worth to 13 theatres

Image courtesy Theatres Trust

Thirteen more theatres have benefitted from a grants programme from The Theatres Trust.

Projects funded in this round of grants focus on improving theatres’ accessibility and sustainability as well as urgent repairs and maintenance works that are essential to ongoing viability.

The Trust said “We are delighted to support 13 more theatres through our Small Grants Programme”

The Programme is supported by money from The Linbury Trust, as well as donations from director Judy Craymer CBE and the Charles Michael Holloway Charitable Trust.

Helpfully, the Linbury Trust has committed to funding the scheme for a further three years, with funding totalling £300,000.

Venues with projects needing support like these are reminded that the next round of the Small Grants Programme with the Linbury Trust is now open for applications with a deadline of Tuesday 3 May.

For more information about which theatres were helped with which projects, click here

Find out more here about the scheme and how to apply.


ALW Foundation opens fund for repairing Victorian theatres

The ALW Foundation Victorian Theatres Small Repairs Fund is now open!

Established by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber to help preserve listed Victorian theatres in the UK, the fund will award grants of up to £15,000 on a match funding basis.

It will provide capital funding towards discreet and vital repairs or conservation projects in listed theatres built between 1837 and 1910.

It will prioritise support for theatres where the programme of performing arts activity includes or will include a focus on encouraging social, economic and cultural diversity in the arts.

And it will help fund vital repair projects for which it is otherwise difficult to raise money.

Dr Simon Thurley CBE, ALW Foundation Trustee said “We hope these grants will help secure the future of Victorian Theatres not just as architectural gems but as vital assets at the heart of our communities.”

Find out more and view the application materials here

Applications must be received by March 15th


Your chance to explore Broadway’s historic Theatres!

Here’s another interesting free (donations requested) online event happening on Thursday 27th January at 6.30pm GMT from Kensington and Chelsea Libraries and presented by Anthony Robins. For any of our friends joining from New York itself, your local start time is 1.30pm.

BEHIND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS: The Fabulous Broadway Theatres is presented by architectural author Anthony Robins and will definitely be worth a watch.

Visitors to New York invariably find their way to the Broadway theatre, drawn by long-running musicals, showy imports, and occasional straight plays.

What many never realize is that Broadway offers another artistic and historical resource that is unique to New York City: the theatres themselves.

With three-quarters of a century of history behind them, the forty surviving theatres are largely intact, and stand as stunning works of art in themselves, as well as monuments to the lively history of American theatre.

This will be a Zoom webinar. All those who book will get the LINK TO JOIN 24hrs and on the day of the event.

Register to attend here


Around the World in theatres, anyone?

Where is this? Yes, it’s the Royal Opera House, but it’s not Covent Garden. Got it yet? Maybe not – because this Royal Opera House is in Mumbai!

Enjoy an online afternoon treat coming up on Thursday 25th November at 4pm UK time, as Terry Davis, Archivist of the Frank Matcham Society, gives a free online Zoom talk about his globe-trotting theatre experiences, assisted by technical whiz Richard Norman.

Terry’s theatre travels have, over many years, taken him right around the Globe. His talk with illustrations brings about a dozen examples of differing venues with many surprises, some even hilarious. His photo collection, aided by some movies, certainly shows that going to the theatre in distant countries offers a very different cultural experience to what we are accustomed to in the UK. Returning home, his closing surprise is to show us an opera house discovery situated in the Midlands that is loosely modelled on Glyndebourne.

Book your free tickets to this theatrical treat via TicketSource here


Breathtaking Atmospheric Theatres presentation from LAHTF is back – and bigger than ever!

Orpheum Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo courtesy Historic Theatre Photography

Marcus Loew famously said, “patrons buy tickets to theatres, not movies,” and this may not hold more true than with atmospheric theatres.

This Saturday 13th November at 6pm UK time / 1pm US ET / 10am US PT, the brilliant folk at the Los Angeles Historic Theatre Foundation invite you to join them as they explore the quaint villages, European cities, and fantasy lands within theatres of the 1920s and 30s.

This design style was renowned US architect John Eberson’s signature, creating an experience for Americans who may never travel beyond the United States. We are incredibly lucky that so many have survived and are thriving as entertainment venues today, continuing to transport patrons to another time and place.

The presentation will start in Los Angeles, travel across the US, and then explore theatres around the globe. Whether under a perfect summer blue sky or a twinkling starry night, your imagination is certain to run wild and deliver you to a far away locale.

An earlier version of this presentation was given in conjunction with the UK CTA in April 2021 and was their highest-ever attended online event with praise being lavished by audiences about the scope and quality of LAHTF Board Member Mike Hume’s presentation. Mike has expanded the presentation even further over the last months, adding a couple of continents, so that Saturday’s will be the biggest and widest-ranging atmospherics presentation ever seen!

In this time of restricted travel, what better tonic than to escape into the extraordinary world of atmospherics with our friends at LAHTF!

Tickets for this event are FREE for LAHTF Members & Volunteers – register at lahtf.org/MemberCoffee.
Tickets are $10 for General Attendees – purchase at lahtf.org/CoffeeTix.
🗓 Saturday, November 13
⏰ 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern / 6pm UK
Email Tiffany@lahtf.org with any questions or to inquire about your membership status.