2024 General Election

On 22 May Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the date for the next general election: the UK will go to the polls on Thursday 4 July. 

During this pre-election period, SOLT & UK Theatre will be:

  • Engaging with candidates from across the political spectrum to make the case for the conditions for theatre to thrive. 
  • Supporting our members to effectively engage with local candidates.  

To support this activity we have developed the following resources for members:

  1. A General Election Guide setting out the information you need to make the case for theatre. It include, what will happen between now and the election, what you can do to engage, our key messages for the pre-election period.
  2. A Pre-Election Briefing, aimed at local candidates, that sets out our key asks. 
  3. A Template Letter that you can tailor to send to your local candidates.
  4. An analysis of the three main party manifestos to help with your engagement.

Our key asks  

Theatres are economic powerhouses and sources of transformative social good, embedded in communities up and down the country.  

To achieve our full potential, the theatre sector needs the right fiscal and policy conditions to thrive. Costs are rising for our sector faster than revenue, which poses significant challenges.  

Our key asks in this pre-election period are:  

1.    Invest in children’s access: Every child has the right to access our world-class theatre sector. It supports wellbeing, educational attainment and talent pipelines. However, access to the theatre is declining, despite the fantastic work producers and venues do across the country to improve and develop children’s engagement.  

This is why we are calling on politicians to support our campaign to fund at least one trip to the theatre for every child before they leave school.  #TheatreforEveryChild.

2.    Invest in cultural infrastructure:  We need a systematic and strategic approach to cultural infrastructure if theatres are to thrive. We stand ready to collaborate with politicians and other relevant stakeholders to achieve this. #ThrivingTheatres 

SOLT & UK Theatre look forward to working with candidates and parties to achieve these aims.