Core Business/Areas of Diversification

National Advisory Public Body for Theatres

protect theatres on behalf of the nation
provide advices

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


Business Operating Zone



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.


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


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.


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


Previous Theatres Trust Annual Conferences

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



ABTT Theatre Show
West End Live
Education Live
ATCM Annual Conference
SAVE Bookfair
NALGAO Annual Conference



Association of British Theatre Technicians
Arts & Business
Cinema Theatre Association
Frank Matcham Society
Heritage Alliance
Little Theatre Guild
NALGAO/Arts Development UK
National Campaign for the Arts
National Planning Forum
National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Royal Town Planning Institute
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.