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‘In a year’s time, we would hope every theatre in the country is open & thriving’: SOLT chief executive Julian Bird on the way forward

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‘The major question is that the majority of theatres cannot open with social distancing in place – it’s impossible, for economics, for the business case let alone the experience, it just doesn’t work.’

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NEWS: SOLT issues update for West End theatre ticketholders

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A statement has been issued by the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) on behalf of the major commercial West End theatre operators and the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers (STAR) to provide clear information for theatre customers in light of this week’s shutdown and help ease the unprecedented strain on box offices and ticket agents.

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NEWS: Record theatre box office figures are boosted by the performance of hit musicals like Hamilton

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Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have released data for ticket sales across their member venues in 2018. The figures reveal a combined audience of over 34 million and ticket revenue of nearly £1.28 billion, from a total of 62,945 performances over the course of the year in the West End and across the UK.

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NEWS: Kenny Wax appointed new President of Society of London Theatre

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Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has announced that Kenny Wax has been appointed as its new President. Kenny brings extensive experience to SOLT having produced plays, musicals and family theatre in the West End. His current London productions include The Play That Goes Wrong (also running on Broadway), The Comedy About A Bank Robbery and La Strada. He has several …

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NEWS: London theatre attendances down but revenues up in 2016

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The Society of London Theatre’s 2016 Box Office figures demonstrate another robust year for the capital’s thriving theatre industry. Comparative highlights are: Gross revenue of £644,719,639, up 1.7% compared to 2015 Sales generated VAT receipts for the Treasury of £107,453,273 Attendances of 14,328,121 (down 2.8% year on year but number of performances down 5.95% on 2015) 76.7% of available seats filled, up 4.1% compared to 2015 and …

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NEWS: Mayor opens booking for annual Get into London Theatre scheme

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Booking has opened for Get Into London Theatre 2017, one of the theatre industry’s longest running audience development initiatives. Since 2002, London’s biggest and best-loved shows have offered tickets from £10, £20, £30 or £40 and this year Get Into London Theatre will run from 1 January to 10 February 2017.

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NEWS: SOLT & UK Theatre express concern over EU Referendum result

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Following the referendum decision on the UK’s membership of the European Union, the Society of London Theatre (“SOLT”) and UK Theatre Association (“UK Theatre”) express concern as to the future for the theatre sector – a sector in which the UK leads the world both in creativity and in business.

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COMPETITION: Answer Ian McKellen to win £100 of Theatre Tokens!

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To celebrate the release of the Official London Theatre Audio Tour with Ian McKellen, we’ve teamed up with the Society of London Theatre to give away £100 of Theatre Tokens! Theatre Tokens can be redeemed at over 240 venues, including the historic theatres visited in this first-ever immersive walking tour of the West End, voice by six-time Olivier Award winner, Sir Ian McKellen.

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7 things I learned about Theatreland from Ian McKellen

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I thought I knew Theatreland pretty well… not so! As I found out when I downloaded the Official London Theatre Audio Tour with Ian McKellen.  Here are seven interesting titbits I learned en route around the West End with McKellen talking in my ear. There are many more fascinating facts, as well as personal anecdotes from McKellen’s years treading the boards. …