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Six ‘Theatres at Risk’ get a helping hand from Theatres Trust
UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatre, has announced the six theatres that will receive support through the second year of its Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme:
Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth
Streatham Hill Theatre
The programme is designed to support theatres on the Trust’s Theatres at risk register to commission expert advice and acquire the skills and knowledge to push forward capital projects to help save their theatres. Alongside the grant, each theatre will receive support from the Theatres Trust’s advice team.
This round of funding will support projects ranging from governance support to viability studies. The theatres are all on the Theatres at Risk Register 2020 as announced in January 2020 but are at various stages in their journey to restoration and revival.
Theatres Trust architecture advisor Claire Appleby says: “We know how difficult it can be for theatres to raise funding for the early stage concept and viability works and for organisational support. These first stages of a project provide the vital foundations for both project and organisation, and we hope that with this support, these theatres will be able to make real progress.”
Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme is supported by Historic England, The Pilgrim Trust and Swire Charitable Trust.
Duncan Wilson, chief executive of Historic England says: “It’s great news that three of the historic theatres on the Heritage at Risk Register – Brighton Hippodrome, Groundlings Theatre and Walthamstow Granada, all Grade II* listed – are being given a vital helping hand by being awarded a grant from this important new scheme. We are delighted to support this programme and to provide our advice and expertise. Historic theatres have such an important role as buildings of great significance to the community, as we all look forward to recovery from this period of isolation."
Sue Bowers of the Pilgrim Trust says: “The Pilgrim Trust recognises the importance of supporting theatres at risk to save their buildings and give them a viable and sustainable future. This is not just because so many of the buildings are of outstanding significance, but also because a restored, vibrant and well visited theatre building can assist with the regeneration of the centres of our towns and cities. We are delighted to be funding this programme.”
Martha Allfrey trustee of the Swire Charitable Trust says: “The Swire Charitable Trust is delighted to be supporting the Theatres Trust’s Theatres at Risk Capacity Building Programme. We applaud its goal of removing vulnerable theatres from the Theatres at Risk Register, thus securing the future of these vital cultural, community and heritage assets. Theatres Trust’s unique and intense work with these theatres can lend support in so many ways, offering exciting opportunities to the community and campaign groups involved – we will follow the progress of each project with great interest.”
Funding for a second year of the scheme was secured following the success of the pilot year, which supported Burnley Empire, Morecambe Winter Gardens, Peterborough New Theatre, Salford Victoria, Spilsby Theatre and Swindon Mechanics’ Institute to make significant progress.
In picture: Walthamstow Granada, Mike Fox; Groundlings Theatre, Paul S Jenkins and Streatham Hill Theatre, Tim Hatcher.
21st May 2020
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