The national advisory body for theatres, Theatres Trust have today unveiled their 2021 register highlighting the venues with significant architectural merit and strong community value or potential.

Burnley Empire (c)Ben Hamlin.

With COVID-19 continuing to have a devastating impact on theatre venues across the UK, the Theatres Trust have continued to support venues with
their Theatre Reopening Fund grants, #SaveOurTheatres Crowdfunder campaign, free special advice services and assisting on the DCMS working group powerfully advocating for the needs of the sector.

Alongside this, the Theatres Trust has now published its annual Theatres at Risk Register, which lists a number of venues which are at significant risk for a variety of reasons.

This year’s register includes 31 theatres as well as one new addition:Co-op Music Hall in Ramsbottom. The point of the register is to support theatres under threat of demolition, redevelopment or permanent closure across the UK, and calls the public’s attention to these buildings, their challenges, opportunities and those who fight for them.

Every theatre has a special significance in its community and has the potential to be returned to performance use. one example is the Co-op Music Hallin Ramsbottom, near Bury, is a rare and important surviving musical hall from the 1870s. Located on the upper level of a retail and office building, the music hall has been vacant and forgotten for many years, but remains in rgood condition. It is now under threat of redevelopment for housing.

The theatres that appear on this year’s list are as follows:

Brighton Hippodrome
Theatre Royal Margate
Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Morecambe
Dudley Hippodrome
Victoria Theatre, Salford
Spilsby Theatre
Streatham Hill Theatre, London
Groundlings Theatre, Portsea
Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech

Winter Gardens Pavilion, Blackpool
Burnley Empire
Plymouth Palace
Hulme Hippodrome
Century Theatre, Coalville
Walthamstow Granada, London
Leith Theatre
King’s Theatre, Dundee
Tottenham Palace Theatre, London
Conwy Civic Hall
Mechanics’ Institute, Swindon
Intimate Theatre, London
Co-op Music Hall, Ramsbottom – NEW
Kings Theatre, Kirkcaldy
Tameside Hippodrome, Ashton-under-Lyne
North Pier Pavilion, Blackpool
Garston Empire, Liverpool
Doncaster Grand
Swansea Palace
Derby Hippodrome
Theatre Royal, Hyde
Theatre Royal, Manchester

Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan said: “This past year has shown that communities value places where they can come together and that audiences miss live performances. While the theatre sector still has challenging days ahead, Theatres Trust believes that theatre will come
back stronger than ever and that each building on the Theatres at Risk list has real potential to be a valuable asset to its community, to bring much needed footfall to its town centre and spark regeneration of its area as part of the recovery post-Covid.”

To find out more about the Theatres Trust and the work it does visit: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/