1 May 2024 / Events

Theatres at Risk: Theatres Trust Update (Join In-Person)

Theatres Trust is the national advice and advocacy body for the UK’s theatres supporting all forms of theatres, whether old or new, commercial, subsidised or community-run.  Claire Appleby will provide an update on Theatre Trust’s current work on theatres at risk in the UK.

Theatres Trust protects theatres and champion the future of live performance by advising and supporting our nation’s theatres to develop best practice in design and management following the four principles of resilience, environmental sustainability, inclusivity and placemaking.  As a  national advisory public body for theatres, it is a statutory consultee on theatres in the planning system, and also operate as a charity. Its  archives and theatres database provide architectural information on almost 4,000 British theatre buildings, past and present, across the UK. Many historic and contemporary images of theatres from our archive have been digitised and made available online. Theatres Trust were set up by the Government through an Act of Parliament in 1976 and work to promote the better protection of theatres for the benefit of the nation. Find out more at:

The Speaker

Claire Appleby is the Architectural Adviser for Theatres Trust.  She manages the Theatres at Risk work, advises on theatre-related capital redevelopments, and is responsible for the delivery of the Trust’s Advisory Review. Claire studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and has worked for renowned practices including Panter Hudspith Architects, Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, and Bennetts Associates. Claire has experience working on new build and refurbishment projects, both within the arts sector and on heritage buildings, including projects for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Hall in Harrogate. Claire joined Theatres Trust in June 2015.



STR lectures are free and open to the public. You don’t have to be a member, but it is essential to book to let us know if you wish to attend in person.

Venue Information

The lecture will take place in the Allen Room, located on the first floor.  Access via lift or stairs.

Venue details:

Transport information:

Bus Routes:  14, 19, 24, 29, 38, 176 all stop nearby.

Underground: The nearest stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Tottenham Court Road.

​Mainline Rail: Charing Cross Station is a ten minute walk.

​Parking:  There is a loading bay just a few doors down and limited parking on surrounding streets. Bay parking with a maximum stay of four hours is just opposite. Nearby multi-storey car parks are in China Town and on Brewer Street.

​Cycling: Nearby Santander Cycle docking stations on Wardour Street, Frith Street and Moor Street. We have no on-site bicycle storage.



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1 May 2024




St Anne's Church, Dean Street, London, UK