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.
SOLT and UK Theatre held an urgent meeting of leading theatrical charities on Monday 16 March 2020 to discuss ways to provide support for members of the theatre workforce – both on and offstage – affected by the unprecedented coronavirus situation.
This year’s Olivier Awards with Mastercard, which were due to place on 5 April 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall, have been cancelled.
My Theatre Mates have been collecting official announcements of theatre closures up and down the country in the Twitter thread below and will continue to add updates as they come in.
Theatres, arts organisations and industry professionals across the UK have been celebrating the wide range of offstage theatre careers available for young people, as part of #InspiringFutureTheatre.
Matthew Bourne has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Special Award at the Olivier Awards 2019 with Mastercard, in recognition of his extraordinary achievements in dance.
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.
Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre have launched Theatre Helpline, a free 24-hour phone and email service supporting theatre professionals with any issue affecting their health and wellbeing.
The full list of shows for West End LIVE 2018 West End LIVE, which returns to Trafalgar Square on 16 and 17 June 2018, has been released.
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 …
Kids Week, the annual London theatre initiative run by the Society of London Theatre, returns for the whole of August 2017, with more than 35 shows offering free tickets for children.
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 …
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.
The annual London theatre initiative Kids Week began today (1 August 2016) and announced it would be extending until 7 September 2016 to mark the end of school summer holidays.
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.
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.
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. …
WEST END LIVE with MasterCard takes place in Trafalgar Square on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2016. Celebrating its 12th year, the free musical extravaganza showcases the best of the West End. Attracting crowds of more than 500,000 people over the course of the weekend, WEST END LIVE with MasterCard is the largest event of its type in the world. The 2016 performance line-up, announced today, includes over 25 shows and stars including Beverley Knight, Michael Xavier, Kerry Ellis, Tom Chambers, Samantha Barks, Matt Cardle and Pixie Lott.
I came out of a matinee today at the Vaudeville to find that bus routes to take me from the Strand back across the river had been suspended: there was a fire in Holborn (see inset), and none were operating. After a few minutes, a bus arrived that was going as far as Waterloo — so I jumped on board that to get me part of the way. On the other side of Waterloo Bridge, it got held up in traffic — just as the northbound lanes of the bridge were being shut off.
Oops. It looked like a controlled kind of chaos was about to hit the West End. And as ever, it seemed that Twitter was providing (some of) the answers. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tweeted, “Due to incident at Holborn, tonight’s 7.30pm performance of @CharlieChoc_UK has been CANCELLED.” On The Lion King’s website, they posted this update at 16:22: “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been left with no option than to cancel this evening’s performance.”
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