Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019

Theatre and Touring Symposium 2019

The Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019 took place on 17 June.
The Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019 Report sets out the key points made in the Symposium's Discussion Sessions, and the suggested practical actions for UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre to take forward with colleagues across the industry.  


Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019

The Theatre and Touring Symposium 2019 returned to The Brewery, London on Monday 17 June 2019 for a second sold-out year.

Presented by UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre, this industry conference is an opportunity for the theatre sector to come together to discuss and tackle shared issues, leading to real and practical change.

Timings for the day

  • 10.15am: Networking, Registration & Refreshments
  • 11.00am: Event Start
  • 5.00pm: Event Finish
  • 5.00 to 8.00pm: Drinks Reception in the Barbican Conservatory

Click on the following items to download them:

The Theatre & Touring Symposium 2019 Report 

Delegate List


Breakout Sessions list

Map of The Brewery

Getting to The Brewery

Getting to The Barbican


Chair: Jessica Hepburn, former Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith and a former director of UK Theatre and the London Theatre Consortium, Jessica has since founded Fertility Fest, published two books and continues to be a trustee of theatre organisations.

Keynote Speaker: Mark Cornell,CEO of Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), former Managing Director of Sotheby's Europe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Moet Hennessy USA and Chief Executive Officer of Krug Champagne. Mark joined ATG in 2016.

Contributors include:   

  • Amanda Huxtable, Theatre Director
  • Brian Hook, Hartshorn-Hook Productions    
  • Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property   
  • Lindsay Anderson, TRG Arts  
  • Jonathan Saville, Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall    
  • Kris Bryce, Pitlochry Festival Theatre
  • Michele Taylor, Director for Change, Ramps on the Moon
  • Neil Adleman, Partner & Head of Theatre Group, Harbottle & Lewis
  • Stephanie Sirr, Nottingham Playhouse
  • Steve Blake, Storm Events
  • William Wallis, DCMS

Discussion sessions: Come ready to participate in a facilitated discussion on the issue.  Leave committing to take practical actions to move the conversation forward*.

  • What goes on tour? Developing productions to build audiences.
  • Mixed messages? Welcoming audiences and managing security.
  • Beyond Brexit: Opportunities for international working.
  • Opportunities for local growth: Working with Local Enterprise Partnerships, tourism and local industrial strategies to unlock local innovation and growth.
  • Building revenue and attendance: How do we programme to attract new audiences and develop the ones we’ve got?
  • Working Culture: What’s so special about theatre’s working culture?

Knowledge sessions: Come to be inspired by the latest thinking and leave with a deeper understanding of the topic*.

  • Good governance
  • Know your rights
  • Get the best from your team
  • How to improve workforce diversity: Stage Sight 
There will also be two sessions focusing on the new SOLT and UK Theatre Presenting, Producing and Touring Handbook

*The programme for the day was informed by your responses to our call for ideas survey discussions that took place at the Venues, Producers and Touring Forums across the UK between November 2018 and March 2019. 

TTSymp19 Selection of Contributors Headshots

£225 + VAT - Non-member rate

£195 + VAT - Industry body rate: valid for ABO, ABTT, FST and ITC members

£195 + VAT - Member rate: valid for UK Theatre and SOLT Members

 £75 + VAT - Concession rate*

*Please choose this category if you are purchasing your ticket as an individual and you:

  • are self-employed and earning less than £20,000 per year OR   
  • have less than 2 years’ experience in the theatre industry and are not currently in full-time employment    

We have a special rate available for Stage One Trainee Producers and bursary recipients. Please email or call 020 7557 6737 to find out more. 

Please let us know if there any financial barriers to you attending this conference, as we'd like a variety of voices in the room. Contact us on

If you are unsure which category you should choose or have any questions don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can email or call 020 7557 6700.

The Theatre and Touring Symposium 2019 will take place at The Brewery, 52 Chiswell Street, London EC1Y 4SD

Getting to The Brewery

A downloadable map and directions to The Brewery.

The post-conference Summer Drinks Reception will take place in the Barbican Conservatory, Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS

Getting to the Barbican Conservatory 

If you require an accessible parking space or wish to discuss any other requirements, please email in advance of the event. 


Integro Insurance Brokers in association with Chubb
" Integro Insurance Brokers in association with Chubb are very proud to be UK Theatre's preferred insurance supplier and sponsor of the Theatre and Touring Symposium. The Symposium provides a fantastic opportunity for the industry to show its support for each other. Our team, with their extensive experience, knowledge and exclusive products are looking forward to meeting you there." 


" Spektrix is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of this year’s Theatre and Touring Symposium. We believe that knowledge sharing between touring, producing and presenting organisations is key to a thriving sector. We’re looking forward to connecting with you at #TTSymp19 to discuss the role that audience development, data, and collaboration can play in ensuring the long term health of the industry."

TRG Arts 
"Gathering leaders from the theatre industry to contribute to meaningful discussion and share their stories can positively impact the future of theatre in many ways.  TRG Arts is pleased to support the Theatre and Touring Symposium for its second year, and to bring our international experience to these important conversations"  



Following the Theatre and Touring Symposium, all delegates are invited to attend an industry networking event sponsored by HQ Theatres & Hospitality in the Conservatory at The Barbican.

"HQ Theatres is delighted, once again, to be sponsoring the drinks reception at the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2019.  The annual event is always a highlight in the industry calendar and we’re proud to play our part in supporting UK Theatre & SOLT and facilitating discussion of key themes and priorities for the future."


The Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 was held on 18 June 2018 at The Brewery, London. 

The following report sets out the key points made in the symposium's discussion sessions, and the suggested practical actions for UK Theatre and the Society of London Theatre to take forward with colleagues across the industry. You can download the report here: 



Click here to see the Theatre and Touring Symposium 2018 programme, contributor information, delegate list and further information 

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