Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme announces award recipients for Year Two

The Theatres Trust have unveiled the recipients of awards in the second year of their Theatres at Risk Fund

Six theatres will receive a total of £67,500 worth of support donated by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust and The Swire Charitable Trust.

All of the recipients are on the Theatres at Risk Register 2020, and each is at a different stage in their journeys to recovery.

The awards were established to help theatres on the At Risk Register to access the right skills and knowledge to enable them to move forward.

The success of last year’s inaugural awards (read about it here) has led to progress being made for all the first year recipients.

Recipients this year are:

Brighton Hippodrome, a Grade ll* listed building, the UK ‘s finest surviving example of a circus theatre, designed by Frank Matcham in 1901.

Derby Hippodrome, a rare survivor of an early theatre built both for cinema and variety. Grade ll listed, it was severely damaged when a previous owner weakened the structure by driving a bulldozer through a supporting wall in a callous attempt to get it demolished by damaging it beyond repair. Thankfully, he didn’t succeed-but there is much to repair before this structure is safe again.

Walthamstow Granada, a Grade ll* listed cine-variety theatre is in the process of being restored after purchase by Walthamstow Council (previously the only London Borough without a theatre) as part of their Borough of Culture celebrations. (Read more about the Walthamstow Granada here).

Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth is listed Grade ll* and received the largest share of grant money to further a new survey of the building and assist in business planning.

Leith Theatre has lain empty since 1988 but is now in the process of renovation after a ‘nick of time’ rescue against demolition.

Streatham Hill Theatre is the last theatre designed by celebrated architect W G R Sprague and has lain empty since 2017. The Friends Group have successfully fundraised to finance a viability study for the theatre ‘s future and this grant will support that funding.

For more information about the awards, visit the Theatres Trust website here


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