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Theatres Trust announce Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive Early Bird bookings open

UK – Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, announces booking is now open for its 2018 Conference, ‘Adapt & Thrive - new money and new models for theatre buildings’ to be held on Tuesday 16 October at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

For centuries theatres have adapted to the challenges of changing political and economic circumstances. The last ten years of austerity and funding cuts have proved just such a challenge. In spite of this, very few theatres are shutting their doors. Theatres are developing new business models and working creatively to generate revenue and to fund the essential capital investment needed to renew our theatre infrastructure. The future of the theatre sector relies on this continued investment; no theatre building can stand still and new theatres are appearing in response to artistic and community demand.

Theatres Trust Conference 18: Adapt & Thrive – new money and new models for theatre buildings will look at the following:

  • Where and how are theatres being built or renewed, and what are the factors supporting and limiting this renewal?

  • How do we ensure that our theatres remain viable in challenging economic times?

  • What new business models are emerging and how do these impact on theatre design?

Jon Morgan, Director of Theatres Trust said: “If there is one thing the theatre industry is good at it is improvising – making the best of our resources and ensuring that at all costs the show must go on!

We now need to pose important questions: How are the UK’s theatres changing their buildings and their business models so they can thrive in the 21st century? What are the future capital needs for Britain's theatres? Where are the gaps in provision and where will the finance be sourced

Conference 18 will look at the measures that can be taken to ensure Britain continues to invest in its theatre building infrastructure so that present and future generations can access the excitement of live performance wherever they live in the country.”

The annual conference will feature broad ranging debates, high profile speakers, compelling panel discussions with audience participation and inspiring case studies from architects, theatre operators and consultants, developers, local authorities and LEPs.

Confirmed contributors include Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, and producer and theatre owner Cameron Mackintosh who will be discussing his work renovating and renewing some of London’s finest theatres.

15th June 2018

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