Brighton Hippodrome tops the list of theatres most at risk in the UK for the fifth year running, with the Groundlings Theatre in Portsmouth the only new addition in 2020.
The Portsmouth venue has been deemed ‘at risk’ by the Theatres Trust after the building was trashed in a “malicious” burglary.
The grade II*-listed venue is included in the Theatres Trust’s annual Theatres at Risk Register, which is a list of buildings under threat of closure, redevelopment or demolition.
According to the Theatres Trust, Groundlings has been left in a “financially vulnerable position” following the break in, during which computers, props and equipment were destroyed and the venue was covered in bleach.
Apart from this single new entry, the Theatres at Risk Register remains largely the same as in 2019, with the Brighton Hippodrome topping the list for the fifth year running.
The other top five spots also remain the same as 2019, including Theatre Royal Margate, Morecambe’s Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Dudley Hippodrome and Salford’s Victoria Theatre.
Two theatres have been removed from the list this year because they are no longer at risk due to investment in the buildings and the appointment of operators.
These are the Bradford Odeon, which will reopen in 2020-21 with the NEC Group as an operating partner, and Peterborough New Theatre, which reopened in September 2019 under the management of Selladoor Worldwide.
Actor and musician Gary Kemp, who is a Theatres Trust trustee, said: “There are some truly stunning and unique buildings on the Theatres at Risk Register but importantly none of them are lost causes.
“With the right level of support and the expertise provided by the Theatres Trust all have the potential to be restored and enjoyed by their communities for generations to come.”
The 2020 Theatres at Risk Register was launched at Hoxton Hall in London on January 28.
• Brighton Hippodrome
• Theatre Royal Margate
• Victoria Pavilion/Winter Gardens, Morecambe
• Dudley Hippodrome
• Victoria Theatre, Salford
• Spilsby Theatre
• Streatham Hill Theatre, London
• Groundlings Theatre, Portsea NEW
• 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
• 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