Producing, Presenting and Touring Handbook

Producing, Presenting and Touring Handbook

The touring of theatre and performing arts across the UK is essential for audiences, and for our industry.

Discussions at the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 made clear that the producing, presenting and touring ecology in the UK has changed considerably in recent years.  

SOLT and UK Theatre committed to explore the new operating context and to facilitate contemporary, consistent and clear ways of working. 

Between November 2018 and May 2019, Rachel Tackley and Vicky Graham worked with us to bring together Presenting and Producing contributors from across the theatre and performing arts sector. Forums were held to understand each other’s operating context, discuss wider issues effecting touring and to suggest resources to improve the situation. We also talked with colleagues across the sector including the UK Arts Councils, ITC and the League of Independent Producers.

On 5 June 2019 SOLT and UK Theatre published the Producing, Presenting and Touring Handbook as a result of these conversations.

Producing, Presenting and Touring Handbook

The new resources and guidance in this Handbook are for a broad user base. They have been developed so that venues and producers can build stronger relationships to improve the long-term health of touring in the UK, we encourage you adopt them. 

The Handbook includes:

  • 7 key issues and recommendations
  • Code of Practice
  • Deal Memo
  • Resources and further reading
  • Financial deal terms and glossary


UK Theatre and SOLT will update the Handbook content over time based on your feedback. Please let us know what you think.

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