The Trust was Founded in 1979 with Merseyside County Council and became an independent Trust in 1986.
The Trust, a registered charity, is the owner of the Liverpool Empire building and under a sub lease arrangement the Ambassador Theatre Group, with which the Trust liaises closely, is responsible for a range of duties including the maintenance of the building and the running of the theatre’s programmes, fulfilling certain criteria in terms of the performance offerings.
The Trust supports a vibrant department of Creative Learning with a thriving Youth Theatre programme, which facilitates the involvement of young people, community groups and school parties in acting and theatre activities.
For 1986 to 2015, the late Sir Philip Carter CBE was Trust Chairman and during his time the theatre was modernised, refurbished and an annexe built on the Legs of Man Public House site.
More recently the Trust, now chaired by Mr Terry Smith, has run programmes and events supporting the development of the arts across the Liverpool City Region, including the ‘Active Arts’ competition in 2017/18 and the ‘My Liverpool’ project in 2019.