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.
Action: PLASA & #WeMakeEvents COVID Recovery Survey
PLASA and #WeMakeEvents have launched a survey to investigate the recovery of the live sector following the Covid-19 pandemic. All types of industry professionals are invited to take the survey, from freelancers and sole traders to manufacturing companies and venues. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 3 December. You can complete the survey here.
Vaccine Passport Update – Wales and Scotland Only
Members in Wales should be aware that, as of Monday 15 November, it will be a requirement for all audience members aged 16 years or older in Wales to show a NHS Covid Pass (AKA vaccine passport) or evidence of a negative lateral flow test from the last 48hrs to enter a theatre. You can find the latest guidance for your venue here.
In Scotland, the Government is due to review its Covid restrictions on Tuesday (16 November). We are working closely with Federation of Scottish Theatre and others to make representations to Scottish officials to prevent theatres being brought into scope of an expanded Covid Pass system.
If you have any questions or have evidence of these restrictions (or threat of restrictions) impacting your winter bookings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theatre Tax Relief: Eligibility Criteria for Higher Rate of Relief Still Unconfirmed
SOLT & UK Theatre welcomed the increased rates of relief to TTR in the October Budget. We are actively engaged in discussions with HMRC around who will be able to benefit from the higher rate. In a change of understanding from our initial response on budget day, we now understand that only “new” productions will be able to benefit. We have asked for clarity on what exactly the qualifying criteria of a “new” production are and are awaiting detailed guidance. This will be provided in draft form to SOLT & UK Theatre for initial feedback and comment. Once the final guidance is confirmed with HMRC, we will then share the guidance with members and, if necessary, organise a training seminar with HMRC officials.
We are aware that this is a hugely important issue to all members and particularly time-sensitive for productions in the winter season. We appreciate your patience, but if anyone has any questions, please do email email@example.com.
Reminder: Performance by Rankin – Exhibition now open
Our Performance by Rankin exhibition is now open at the FUJIFILM House of Photography, 8 – 9 Long Acre, Covent Garden. From star actors, dancers, writers, directors and producers to stage managers, dressers, designers, technicians, pit musicians, puppeteers, front of house staff, stage door keepers and countless more, Rankin captures a once-in-a-lifetime portrait of a West End reborn, featuring 150 subjects from nearly 60 of London’s top productions and venues.
The exhibition runs until 31 January and is free to attend. All donations will support the Theatre Artists Fund and the Mayor’s Youth Homeless Charities.
Find out more at performancebyrankin.co.uk.
Christmas at The Yards – request for performances or prizes
Discover An Enchanted Christmas at The Yards this winter with a series of festive experiences, installations and schedule of stand-out events to surprise and delight visitors. An integrated campaign will launch in mid-November featuring Christmas performances alongside festive occupier-led promotions designed to give visitors an enchanted experience each week at The Yards – from carol singing to festive prizes, mulled wine, iconic photo moments and charity partnership.
We are looking for shows to participate in the following opportunities:
- Live performances in The Yards every Thursday
- Prizes for a giant ‘Spin to Win’ wheel. Entrants will have to donate to the chosen charity, Feed London, for the chance to win prizes from The Yards
If your show would like to participate or find out more, please email Natalie.Hale@cbre.com and CC firstname.lastname@example.org
Job opportunities at Cameron Mackintosh Ltd
Cameron Mackintosh Ltd are looking for a Marketing Coordinator to join their busy Marketing department. The successful candidate will report to the Marketing Director/Account Directors and will be responsible for assisting the team across a number of Productions.
They are also seeking an Account Director (Maternity Cover). The successful candidate will report to the Marketing Director and will be responsible for campaign management across a number of Productions.
The closing date for both roles is 19 November. Find out more here.
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter detailing your skills, experience and interest in the role to email@example.com. Please specify which role you are applying for in the subject line.
Coronavirus Recovery Guidance
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for SOLT Members
- Coronavirus Recovery Updates and Guidance – for UK Theatre Members
- Media Briefing Notes
- See It Safely Toolkit
- Working Safely During Coronavirus – Guidance
- Coronavirus Government Guidance Library
Wellbeing and mental health support for you and your staff
- Theatre Helpline
- Wellbeing resources webpage
- Mental health and wellbeing webinars (TheatreMeansBusiness.info)
Jobs & careers in the sector
- Industry jobs – UK Theatre & SOLT
- Inclusive Recruitment Guide