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.
The APPG’s Statement of Purpose is to:
- To support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, society and the industry;
- To identify and debate potential opportunities and issues for theatre in the UK;
- To 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, and Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen – both former professional actors with experience of the theatre industry.
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 this newly launched APPG and see if they are interested in becoming involved, we have drafted a letter template for you to use.
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.