The below correspondence is posted here by kind permission from the Society of London Theatre

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) is an organisation that works with and on behalf of their Members to champion theatre and the performing arts.

Find out more about SOLT and visit their website here.

Action reminder: Government Autumn & Winter COVID Plan: Plan B Certification Proposals & Consultation
The government has published their proposals for a mandated COVID certification scheme for venues and businesses, to be implemented as a ‘Plan B’ to the current Autumn & Winter Plan if case rates rise. The proposals can be found here.
 
As currently drafted, we believe that theatres will not fall into any mandatory certification regime proposed, although venues continue to be encouraged to run voluntary schemes.
 
SOLT & UK Theatre will be responding to the call for evidence on these proposals. Should you have any particular concerns that you believe would be worth including in our response please email david@soltukt.co.uk. Should you wish to submit your own response to the call for evidence you can do so here (closes 11 October 2021).
 
 
See It Safely reminder and updated video
We have updated the See it Safely animated video to remove mention of social distancing. You can download the videos from the See it Safely toolkit, or you can use the below YouTube links:


As a reminder, here are the safety requirements of the See it Safely scheme:

  • Your venue will follow the relevant Government guidance in relation to the safe return of audiences to venues, and you fully understand how this applies to your operations.
  • You have provided adequate ventilation.
  • There are procedures in place to encourage and communicate social distancing measures where appropriate, and the wearing of face coverings.
  • You have a nominated employee who is responsible for checking, understanding and implementing the relevant guidance.
  • You have completed a
  • RiskAssessment for your operations specifically related to COVID-19.
  • Your employees have been consulted and trained on the COVID measures which you are planning to implement.
  • In areas where there is a high risk of transmission by touching surfaces (e.g. entrances and exits), you have considered making available hand-washing or hand-sanitising stations.
  • You have considered the particular needs of different groups of workers or individuals when making COVID adjustments (e.g. hand sanitizing stations placed in accessible areas in your venue). It is breaking the law to discriminate, directly or indirectly, against anyone because of a protected characteristic.

If you have any questions on See it Safely, please email Phill Brown, Head of Risk and Safety.
 
 
SOLT Box Office Advances – SOLT Members’ exclusive
Please find the latest SOLT advance figures in the Members’ Area here. Please note that these reports are strictly confidential and should not be shared outside of your organisation.

Media and Marketing team – key contacts
Please send any press releases, assets, etc to news@soltukt.co.uk. Most of the Media and Marketing team are on this list, so this is the easiest way to reach us if you’d like coverage across all of our channels.
Here is an overview of everything else that we work on:
  • Aemelia Taylor – filming opportunities; OLT YouTube channel; Sky VIP content
  • Emma De Souza – new industry initiatives; partnerships; West End LIVE; Olivier Awards
  • Eva Mason – First Night and Photocall Diaries; press opportunities/enquiries; Rankin project
  • Frankie Burgess – e-marketing; Show Of The Week; restaurant partners
  • Hira Desai – show listings or coverage on OLT
  • Jess Young – social media takeovers; influencer nights; social media enquiries
  • Kayley Donnelly – partnerships (Sky VIP, BIDs, Olivier Award partners); events (Kids Week activities, West End Live, Mastercard theatre events)
  • Kitty Underwood – show listings or coverage on OLT; access listings
  • Megan Ross – bespoke marketing support, including remarketing campaigns
  • Richard Bennison – TKTS, ticketing promotions (Kids Week, New Year Sale, O2 Priority), London Theatre Guide, selling on OLT
  • Sarah Cahill – setting up TKTS rates


USEFUL RESOURCES

Coronavirus Recovery Guidance

Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff

Jobs & careers in the sector