Charitable activities

Charitable activities

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Theatre Development Trust (TDT)

The Theatre Development Trust is SOLT’s affiliated registered charity.

Through it, we offer grants to support our aims of championing a wide variety of initiatives that strengthen the future of the industry, thereby promoting and advancing the dramatic and other performing arts, for the benefit of the public.

Current focus areas

  • Audience Development – including encouraging younger theatre goers and increasing diversity and access for new theatre goers across all sectors of society.
  • Workforce Training and Career Development – including addressing skills shortages, entry routes, in career training and inclusivity.
  • Access Requirements – exploring sustainable models for all aspects of Access performances.

How to apply

Applications are considered twice annually.

The deadlines for applying are 28 February and 31 August every year and applications will receive a response within one calendar month.

Please consider how your grant matches our 3 core objectives when applying.

The Trustees of TDT are: Nicholas Allott, Jon Bath, Nica Burns, Jonathan Church, Nick Frankfort, Mark Goucher, Eleanor Lloyd, Catherine Mallyon, Caro Newling (VP), Kate Packenham, Kim Poster, Andre Ptaszynski, Dafydd Rogers, Nick Salmon, Adam Speigel and Kenny Wax (President).

Below is a list of some of the organisations and projects to receive grants via the Theatre Development Trust. 

Stage One is a registered charity that supports new commercial UK theatre producers and productions. It’s committed to securing the future of commercial theatre through educational and investment schemes.    

If you’re an aspiring theatre producer, Stage One can help get you on the first rung of your career ladder by turning your entrepreneurial ideas and ambitions into reality. 

For further information, please visit the Stage One website or email

Olivier Bursary presentation 2015

We established the Laurence Olivier Bursary in 1987 to commemorate the 80th Birthday of the great British actor Laurence Olivier.

Olivier was passionate about helping young actors with the potential to make a major contribution to British theatre, and the Laurence Olivier Bursary seeks to do this by assisting talented drama students facing financial difficulties during their studies. The demands of their final year makes part-time jobs almost impossible, which is why the bursary can make such a huge difference.

Each year principals from drama schools across the UK submit nominations for the bursary scheme. Nominees should be approaching their final year and fulfil the dual criteria of financial need and potential talent. About 40 students are entered each June and appear before a panel of theatre industry professionals – usually producers and casting directors – where they give a 10-minute audition and an interview.        

For further information, please contact Catherine Bowell.

Mousetrap Theatre Projects is a theatre education charity dedicated to bringing the magic of theatre into the lives of young people. For more information visit the Mousetrap Theatre Projects website.
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The programme of training courses, conferences and events offered by our sister organisation UK Theatre supports the professional development of individuals working in the theatre industry by providing valuable learning, best practice and networking opportunities. For more information visit the UK Theatre website.

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