Code of Practice For Venues And Producers

Code of Practice For Venues And Producers

In 2015, following extensive consultation and development, UK Theatre created a Code of Practice for venues and producers.  

All professional theatre organisations can download the Code and sign up by emailing

Rachel Tackley (UK Theatre President at the time of publication) commented: 

"For many venues and producers, touring has never been more challenging.  It is crucial that we work together as an industry as much as we can.  I hope the Code will ensure that the good practice that is taking place in much of the sector spreads everywhere.

The Code covers basic issues around transparency and working in a timely manner.  It will not constrict commercial deal making between venues and producers but I hope it will bring clarity and reduce frustration, ultimately leading to an easier movement of work for audiences across the UK."

The Code has been developed by UK Theatre but is designed for all professional venues and producers.  Charlotte Jones, Chief Executive of the ITC, welcomed the introduction of the Code: 

"For decades the industry has needed a way to help producers and venues work more effectively together.  ITC warmly welcomes the new Code of Practice and looks forward to working with UK Theatre and other partners to actively encourage as many venues and producers of all sizes to recognise the Code".

The Code has been developed by a working party including UK Theatre Members and was warmly received at the UK Theatre Touring Symposium where a consultation was conducted on the final draft in March 2015. The first year’s operation of the Code was reviewed at UK Theatre’s 2016 event.

The following organisations have so far agreed to recognise the code:

  • Ambassador Theatre Group
  • Anvil, Basingstoke
  • APL Theatre
  • Arts Theatre, London
  • Belgrade Theatre
  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
  • Bush Theatre
  • Curve, Leicester
  • English Touring Theatre
  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Hall for Cornwall
  • Headlong
  • HOME, Manchester
  • HQ Theatres
  • King's Theatre, Edinburgh
  • Mayflower, Southampton
  • National Theatre
  • National Theatre of Wales
  • Playful Productions
  • Polka Theatre
  • Royal Shakespeare Company
  • Salisbury Playhouse
  • Sheffield Theatres
  • Soho Theatre
  • Theatre Royal, Newcastle
  • Watershed Productions 

To agree to abide by the code and have your organisation’s name published in this list, email Venues and producers should also abide by the UK Theatre/BECTU Code of Conduct for Get-Ins, Fit-Ups And Get-Outs, which can be found here.

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