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.

Welcome to this week’s newsletter.

Yesterday marked Julian Bird’s last day at SOLT and UK Theatre after almost 12 years at the helm. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work and wish him well with his new venture.

While we await the new CEO to be in place, SOLT and UK Theatre have put a robust interim plan together with the Senior Management team and led by Martin Scott, Chief Operating Officer, so that all the essential work for our membership continues as usual.

SOLT’s social channels

Overall, we have just under 1,000,000 followers across our Official London Theatre, Olivier Awards, West End LIVE and Kids Week channels combined. This is a huge audience to reach with your news and announcements, so please keep us in mind for any exclusives. Please get in touch with the content team on

Sing it from the Rooftops and West End LIVE

On Wednesday this week we announced the line-up for West End LIVE 2022. More shows and further details will be announced next month. 

We also launched our ‘Sing it from the Rooftops’ series with Tina – The Tina Turner Musical on the roof of SUSHISAMBA in Covent Garden Market. You can watch a video of the performance here

SOLT & UK Theatre partner with Baker Richards to develop new Evidence Centre

This week SOLT & UK Theatre announced a unique partnership with data and insight specialists Baker Richard to develop a new ‘Evidence Centre’ which will utilise the latest technology to aggregate data from a range of sources, including theatre box office/CRM systems. This will provide the ability for SOLT and UK Theatre to analyse this data at a granular level, to help make the case for theatre to national and local governments. 

Find out more here

London’s biggest survey of cultural spaces

The Mayor of London has commissioned WMT Urban Research Unit to conduct London’s biggest survey of cultural spaces as part of the Cultural Infrastructure Map data update. This research will help us gain a better understanding of the key challenges facing the creative and cultural sectors, and establish what London needs to do to sustain and develop its unique cultural and creative ecosystems.

There are two surveys to support the research:

  • The ‘Snapshot Survey’ examines where cultural spaces have closed, moved, changed or opened.
  • The ‘Cultural Spaces Survey’ is targeted at providers and users of cultural infrastructure.
The deadline to complete the surveys is Monday 13th June 2022 at 12pm (noon). 

Young Lyric Digital Partner

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is seeking a new Digital Partner: an organisation or individual to join their existing partnership programme. The partnership collectively delivers over one hundred high quality after school and holiday classes each year for young people in West London. Lyric Hammersmith provides over 2,000 free or low cost spaces for young people to participate in drama, dance, music and multi arts, to help develop their creative, social, personal and economic potential.

They are now seeking a Digital Partner to join their existing partnership from September 2022 by providing weekly classes during term time at the Lyric for the next generation of young people who wish to develop their digital skillset. This could include filmmaking, editing, animation, coding, projection, broadcasting, podcasts, graphic design, video game design or other digital art forms.

They are open to receiving applications from start-ups, individuals and organisations who can demonstrate a commitment and track record of working with young people digitally.

Full information is available here.