Theatre APPG

All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Theatre

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Theatre was founded in July 2019 to support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its workforce and society. 

Following the General Election, the Group met on 14 January for an Inaugural Meeting. The group was officially registered again on 16 January 2020. 

The APPG’s Statement of Purpose is to:

  • Support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, society and the industry
  • Identify and debate potential opportunities and issues for theatre in the UK
  • Support parliamentarians' understanding of theatre and the performing arts industry at a national and local level

Theatre is part of the creative industries, which are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, contributing over £101 billion in Gross Value Added. In 2018, the theatre industry saw audiences of over 34m with ticket revenue of nearly £1.28bn, from a total of 62,945 performances across the UK. 

The cross-party group is led by Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, 

UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre (SOLT) are the secretariat of the APPG for Theatre, providing organisational, staff time and strategic support. They will also bring together a group of theatre organisations from across the UK to act as a sounding board and help ensure that a wide range of theatre topics and issues are suggested for the APPG to look into.

If you are a member and would like to write to your MP and let them know about the APPG and see if they are interested in becoming involved, we have drafted a letter template for you to use. 

APPG for Theatre Launch

Scroll through the image gallery above to see a selection of photos from the APPG for Theatre launch event in October 2019, or view the full gallery here.

Please note that this is not an official webpage of the House of Commons or the House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed on this webpage are those of the group.      

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APPG for Theatre Chair: 

 Giles Watling MP

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Officers

Role

Name

Party

Chair & Registered Contact

Giles Watling MP

Conservative

Vice Chair 

Vice Chair

Matt Western MP

Baroness Hamwee

Labour 

Liberal democrat

Vice Chair

Stephen Metcalfe MP

Conservative

Vice Chair

Lord Kerslake

Crossbench

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Vice Chair

Andrew Lewer MP

Baroness Whitaker

Tracy Brabin MP

Nickie Aiken MP

Conservative

Labour

Labour

Conservative

All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities.

To find out more about how they work, please visit the UK Parliament Website.

On Wednesday 16 October 2019, the APPG for Theatre had its official launch in the Houses of Parliament. To see some of the tweets from the day, take a look at this Twitter Moment. You can read more about the day from this news story. Co-Chairs Tracy Brabin MP and Giles Watling MP have also penned a feature for The Stage about the APPG.


View the full gallery of images from the launch. (Photos: Pamela Raith Photography)

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Lord Kerslake, Giles Watling MP, Helen Whately - Ex Arts Minister
APPG for Theatre members will take part in visits to theatres. These visits, organised by the APPG, will be in order to help educate, explain and explore the issues related to the APPG's current inquiry.

The APPG for Theatre holds regular meetings to discuss priorities and to hear from expert speakers. A list of meetings is below. Please click on a meeting to download the minutes/agenda. If you would like to attend a meeting please email hannah@soltukt.co.uk. 

2020

Joint Performing Arts APPGs (Theatre, Dance & Classical Music) virtual parliamentary 'drop-in' session - 15 September

APPG for Theatre - Oral Evidence Session #2 & EGM - 16 July 2020 (Virtual meeting)

APPG for Theatre - Oral Evidence Session #1 - 4 March 2020

APPG For Theatre Inaugural Meeting - 14 January 2020

2019

APPG for Theatre meeting - 16 July 2019

APPG for Theatre AGM - 1 July 2019

APPG for Theatre launch - 16 October 2019

The Secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Theatre is provided by the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre. Please contact our Advocacy Manager Hannah for more information on the APPG.

Do follow us on Twitter: We will be tweeting from the @uk_theatre handle and using the hashtag #TheatreAPPG.

COVID-19 - 25 March 2020

UK Theatre and SOLT, plus all the Co-Chairs of the APPG wrote a letter to Rt Hon Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State  for DCMS to express our concern at the impact of Covid-19 on theatres and the wider performing arts sector.

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