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.

19 July announcement
In response to this afternoon’s announcement by the PM that restrictions will be lifted from 19 July, we have released the following statement:

‘We welcome today’s confirmation that 19 July will see the lifting of remaining lockdown restrictions – meaning that theatres can open to full audiences for the first time in 16 months. This is a lifeline for our industry, essential for the survival of theatres across the country. We will be working closely with Government in the coming days on revising the performing arts guidelines, ensuring that our audiences and staff can feel safe and confident in returning.’

Our media briefing notes have also been updated and the latest version is available here.

New toolkit launched to help artists and creative freelancers take better care of their mental health and businesses 
The toolkit from the hub is free to access. The 100+ resources include video and audio content and practical exercises, and topics covered include: how to combat stress, anxiety and overwhelm; boost your creativity, positivity and productivity, and be more resilient; reach new customers and build a post-pandemic business plan.   

West End Theatre Workers Vaccine Hub
The Bloomsbury Surgery Vaccination Hub are inviting theatre workers in the West End who haven’t had the chance to get vaccinated yet, or are struggling to get a second appointment to book one at their vaccination hub. If you are interested, you can register here.

Once you register your interest, you will receive a text message with a booking link to be able to come to the hub to get vaccinated with Pfizer (or AstraZeneca / Pfizer second doses) within a few days. If you aren’t registered with a GP, you will have the opportunity to register at Bloomsbury Surgery prior to the steps above. 

Bookings are available and there will be Sunday clinics if people can’t get in during the week. This is for people 18 years and over. Those awaiting their second dose of either AstraZeneca (after 28 days since first one) or Pfizer (after three weeks since first one) can also register.

Lobbying – Members’ Exclusive
We have published this week’s Performing Arts in Politics – A look ahead. Members can view by logging on to the advocacy page on the SOLT or UK Theatre websites (scroll down to the drop down called ‘Lobbying This Week’).  

Kids Week
Kids Week 2021 went on sale last Wednesday and has already sold over 72,000 tickets to more than 30 London shows (including 55,000 on the first day, exceeding all expectations). Tickets are still available to a variety of shows via OfficialLondonTheatre.com. The Mayor will also be highlighting Kids Week as part of his family campaign which will be launched on 14 July. We still have a lot of marketing planned for Kids Week, so get in touch if your show would like to come on board – and if you’re already participating and can load some more allocation, please do.

‘Rhythm of Life’ vaccines video
We were asked to help promote a video encouraging people to get their Covid vaccinations, which was released on Saturday ahead of the NHS’s 73rd birthday. Created by Josie Rourke and James Graham, starring an array of well-known actors and filmed in a theatre, the video is now available to watch on our Official London Theatre YouTube channel.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Coronavirus Recovery Guidance

Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff

Jobs & careers in the sector