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Theatre 2016 – dates and initial details announced for largest ever theatre industry conference in the UK

Booking now open for Theatre 2016, the largest ever industry-wide theatre industry conference in the UK

**IMPORTANT: SPECIAL OFFER FOR FST MEMBERS**
FST are one of the partners in this Conference and we have, therefore, negotiated a special discount price for FST Members, which takes the cost of the ticket down from a £345 standard place to £195. Discount prices will increase on 13 February 2016. If you are an FST member and would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact agnieszka.swida@scottishtheatre.org Alternatively, you can download the FST members-only e-bulletin for December 2015, which contains the necessary information and discount codes.

Places are now available for Theatre 2016, a major two-day conference organised by ten industry bodies that will bring 1,000 delegates from across the theatre sector together on 12 and 13 May 2016 in central London.

This is the largest ever event of this kind and the first time since 2005 that the sector has come together for a major industry-wide event.  It will be held across three venues in London’s West End: the Piccadilly, Lyric and Arts Theatres.

Theatre 2016 will celebrate the UK’s current position as a world leader in theatre and highlight theatre’s massive contribution to the cultural, social, educational and economic health of the nation.

The standard price for Theatre 2016 will be £345 plus VAT (there’s currently a £50 discount for early booking) but Sponsors and Partners have a unique discount codes that will allow you to book now for just £195 plus VAT.  Discount prices will increase on 13 February 2016.  Bookings can be made at www.theatre2016.com where the best seats will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

The programme will also take a critical look at new challenges that must be addressed as well as some issues that the industry has struggled with over several decades.  Theatre 2016 will discuss and attempt to reach some consensus on what the sector needs to do to ensure it is successful, sustainable and even more relevant in 2026.

Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive, Independent Theatre Council said, ‘Theatre continues to be one of the UK’s biggest success stories.  Theatre 2016 will celebrate this and the good news about tax relief and smaller national funding cuts than many expected.  It will also explore some of the likely challenges ahead in times of rapid change for our industry and society as a whole.’

Keara Fulton, Development Officer at Theatre NI, commented ‘Theatre 2016 won’t duck the big issues that the industry been struggling with for years.  It will give a platform to those who have good ideas of what needs to change to ensure the sector is not just surviving but thriving and relevant in ten years’ time.’

Deborah Keyser, Director, Creu Cymru added, ‘The theatre sector has never come together for an event like this with so many industry partners representing such a wide range of voices in this large and complex industry.  We need to work together to sustain and build on our successes and agree what we need to do to ensure theatre reflects our evolving society with a new, more diverse generation of theatregoers and practitioners in 2026.’

Theatre 2016 is delivered in partnership with the UK’s key industry bodies including Association of British Theatre Technicians, British Theatre Consortium, Creu Cymru, Drama UK, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Independent Theatre Council, Society of London Theatre, The Theatres Trust, Theatre NI and UK Theatre.

Theatre 2016 is made possible by generous sponsorship by Charcoalblue, Harbottle & Lewis, John Good, Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach, Spektrix and TRG Arts.  The Stage is the Media Partner for Theatre 2016.  The Ambassador Theatre Group, Nimax Theatres and the Arts Theatre are Venue Partners. The conference is being managed by BON Culture, the new enterprise established by Mari O’Neill and former UK Theatre Executive Director David Brownlee.

For further information about Theatre 2016 please visit www.theatre2016.com and for latest updates @Theatre_2016.

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Note to Editors

For more information about Theatre 2016 including programming, advertising and partnership opportunities, please contact Gemma Nelson at BON Culture at hello@bonculture.co.uk or call 020 7438 2040.

Theatre 2016 is sponsored by theatre and acoustics consultants Charcoablue, industry law firm Harbottle & Lewis, publisher John Good, ticketing software Spektrix, pricing and loyalty consultancy TRG Arts and specialist insurance brokers Robertson Taylor W&P Longreach.

Theatre 2016 is delivered in partnership with key industry bodies including Association of British Theatre Technicians, British Theatre Consortium, Creu Cymru, Drama UK, Federation of Scottish Theatre, Independent Theatre Council, Society of London Theatre, The Theatres Trust, Theatre NI and UK Theatre.

The Stage is the Media Partner and Ambassador Theatre Group, Nimax Theatres and the Arts Theatre are the Venue Partners.

BON Culture is a new consultancy providing support and guidance to arts and cultural organisations to help secure and improve their artistic and commercial futures.

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