Theatres Trust

Theatres Trust Logo (2016)


Key Personnel/Contacts
Jon Morgan – Director
Tom Stickland – Theatres Adviser
Claire Appleby – Architecture Adviser
Ross Anthony – Planning Adviser
Kate Carmichael – Communications Co-ordinator


Company Address
22 Charing Cross Road


Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7836 8591
Twitter: @theatrestrust
Linkedin: the-theatres-trust


Business Operating Zone: UK

Core Business/Areas of Diversification

• National Advisory Public Body for Theatres
• protect theatres on behalf of the nation
• provide advices


Company Profile
The Theatres Trust is the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres. The Trust aims to protect theatres on behalf of the nation. We provide advice on planning, regeneration and development, architecture and design, environmental services, conservation and heritage, and theatre.  We aim to support better planning to secure, improve and achieve sustainability for new and existing theatre buildings and to protect theatre use. Our aim is to ensure that current and future generations have access to good quality theatres that reflect our rich cultural heritage and offer inspiring new environments in which to enjoy theatre.

Our Resource Centre houses provides a dedicated space to access our Theatre Archives and Reference Library which includes plans and other documents as well as both our 500-strong book collection and the ABTT Library, reference magazines and our Image Library with some 30,000 images. There is a dedicated reading table and Internet facilities and the Resource Centre Library is open by appointment.  It also provides dedicated Meeting Room space comes fully equipped with audio-visual facilities and wi-fi access. The Resource Centre can be hired for meetings,training events, workshops, and seminars and is conveniently located just two minutes from Leicester Square Tube on the Northern and Piccadilly Lines.


Recent Projects
Latest consultations in 2010/11: Refer to the Planning section on our website for more consultations and further information

  • Chester Odeon: Change of use and external and internal alterations to the grade II listed former Odeon cinema to a new mixed use cultural facility
  • Newcastle Theatre Royal: Installation of photovoltaics
  • Bowen West Theatre: Proposed demolition
  • Novello Theatre: Betty Blue Eyes Signage
  • London Hippodrome: Listed building consent conditions related to change of use to a Casino
  • Watford Place Theatre: Façade Restoration
  • Brighton Astoria: Proposed demolition
  • Oast Theatre: Backstage improvements
  • Waterfront IMAX Bournemouth: Extensive extension
  • Bournemouth Pavilion: New Drama Centre
  • Leatherhead Theatre: Improvements for disabled performers
  • Theatr Hafren: Flytower extension
  • Bonington Theatre Arnold: Development proposals
  • Redar Palace Theatre: Demolition and creative hub replacement
  • Battersea Arts Centre: Repairs and alterations
  • Arcola Theatre: New accommodation
  • Kings Theatre Edinburgh: Refurbishment proposals
  • Rosehill Theatre Whitehaven: Extension and refurbishment
  • RAF Uxbridge: New theatre proposal
  • London Paladium: Façade redecoration

Related activities in 2010/11 included:

  • Welsh Theatre Symposium produced jointly with Creu Cymru and WAPA
  • Joint publication of ‘Acting with Confidence: Scotland’s Theatre Architecture’ with Historic Scotland
  • Conference 10: Designing School Theatres, 26 & 27 April 2010


Current Projects

  • Onging role as Statutory Consultee on Planning Applications affecting theatres
  • Theatres Trust Resource Centre: ABTT and Theatres Trust Library
  • Conference 11: Converting Spaces – Creating Theatres, 14 June 2011
  • Exploring Theatres: Educational and learning activities and services
  • Ecovenue: The Trust is delivering a 3 year project funded by the European Regional Development Fund to provide 48 London theatres with advice to improve their environmental performance and develop a Display Energy Certificate Pool of theatres across the UK.



  • ABTT Theatre Show
  • PLASA Show
  • PLASA Focus
  • West End Live
  • Education Live
  • TheatreCraft
  • ATCM Annual Conference
  • SAVE Bookfair
  • NALGAO Annual Conference


Conference 10: Designing School Theatres
Conference 09: Report Experiencing Theatres
Conference 08: Report Building Sustainable Theatres
Conference 07: Report Performing Theatres



  • Association of British Theatre Technicians
  • Arts & Business
  • Cinema Theatre Association
  • Equity
  • Frank Matcham Society
  • Heritage Alliance
  • IEAM
  • Little Theatre Guild
  • NALGAO/Arts Development UK
  • National Campaign for the Arts
  • National Planning Forum
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations
  • Perspectiv
  • Royal Town Planning Insitute
  • SAVE Britain’s Heritage
  • Society of London Theatre/Theatrical Management Association
  • Society for Theatre Research
  • Theatre Information Group
  • Twentieth Century Society
  • Victorian Society
  • Voluntary Arts Network


Other Information
You can support the work of The Theatres Trust by becoming a Friend or Corporate Supporter. You can also directly support our annual conference as a Sponsor and our Resource Centre as a Resource Centre Benefactor. More details on our website.

Further publications include:

  • Conference 10 Report Designing School Theatres
  • Conference 09 Report Experiencing Theatres
  • Conference 08 Report Building Sustainable Theatres
  • Conference 07 Report Performing Theatres
  • Theatres Trust Annual Report
  • Theatres Magazine (published quarterly)
  • Acting with Confidence: Scotland’s Theatre Architecture
  • The Theatres Trust Guide to British Theatres 1750 – 1950 A Gazeteer
  • British Theatres and Music Halls
  • Encore: Strategies for Theatre Renewal
  • Act Now! Modernising London’s West End Theatres A Report by The Theatres Trust


Latest News
Visit our newspage for details of our latest information and activities. Stay up-to-date with theatres news and find out more about any UK theatre with our comprehensive News Digest (available to Friends and Corporate Supporters), our Theatres Database and digital Image Library.