SOLT & UK Theatre announce schedule and first speakers for Theatre & Touring Symposium

The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre invite the industry to come together for the first-time since the pandemic to discuss and tackle the many issues facing our sector. This flagship industry event is being held at The Brewery, London, on Monday 27 June 2022 and is followed by an evening networking drinks at The Barbican Conservatory. There will be moments to celebrate our resilience but most importantly the day will allow space and time to discuss, problem-solve and network.

With an overarching theme of ‘A New Landscape for Theatre’, this year’s conference, sponsored by Spektrix, Tysers, Ecclesiastical, Theatre Tokens and YesPlan, promises to be one of the most important industry events of the last few years, with topics addressing current industry priorities, including; audiences and ticket sales, the cost-of-living crisis, workforce recruitment and retention, and sustainability.

With industry leaders presenting each of the sessions, the diverse range of topics programmed includes:

  • ‘Live theatre vs. the golden age of TV drama: how to get audiences off the sofa and into theatres’ presented by Michèle Taylor MBE (Ramps on the Moon) and Marianne Locatori (Theatre Royal, Newcastle)
  • ‘The cost of touring in a cost-of-living crisis world’ with Edward Snape (Fiery Angel) and Tom de Keyser (ROYO) speaking, and Jonathan Saville (Nottingham Theatre Royal and Concert Hall) facilitating, and
  • ‘People make theatre work: how do we stem the talent drain and make theatre a viable career choice for new workers’ with Deborah Sawyerr (Mercury Theatre, Colchester).

Other sessions include:

  • ‘People and Culture: what do inclusive workplaces look like post-pandemic?’, with Keisha Thompson (Contact), and
  • ‘Book now… how to shift customer behaviour from hesitation to motivation’ with Katy Raines (Indigo), Chilina Madon (Birmingham Hippodrome) and Richard Huntrods (AKA).

This year, for the first time, the Symposium is a hybrid event, meaning people can choose to attend in person or access a pre-selected programme through a live stream. All sessions will be recorded, captioned and made available to attendees following the event.

The structure of the Symposium has been updated to allow for more networking time throughout the day, giving all delegates the opportunity to reflect on the issues raised by the panel discussions and share insight and constructive approaches to improving the landscape of theatre.

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks, including the keynote speaker.

Booking is now open for the Theatre & Touring Symposium at:

The full conference schedule can be downloaded here.