Theatre APPG

First Registered: 31/07/2019 • Last updated on: 06/10/2021

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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 the theatre and performing arts industry at a national and local level.

Note: All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) are informal, cross-party groups formed by MPs and Members of the House of Lords who share a common interest in a particular policy area, region or country. APPGs have no official status within Parliament.


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Recent Documents related to Theatre

1. Theatre Accessibility
05/06/2019 - Parliamentary Research

Found: Library Briefing Sally Dray | 5 June 2019 Theatre Accessibility QSD on 11 June 2019 This briefing

2. East Kilbride Rep Theatre Club
23/03/2020 - Early Day Motions

Found: East Kilbride Rep Theatre Club on reaching its 65th anniversary; commends the theatre club for presenting

3. Economic impact of coronavirus
20/04/2020 - Inquiry: Economic impact of coronavirus - Treasury Committee
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Found: 23 March 2020 UK Theatre and Society of London Theatre response: Economic impact of coronavirus

4. Support the culture sector by launching a “Visit a Theatre, To Help Out” scheme
10/08/2020 - Petitions

Found: We’re calling on Government to launch a “Visit a Theatre, To Help Out” scheme similar to the initiative

5. UK Theatre Association : Other related Documents
02/10/2020 - Certification Officer
- View source

Found: Corporate report UK Theatre Association : Other related Documents This document

Latest Documents
Recent Speeches related to Theatre

1. Theatre Market
11/06/2019 - Lords Chamber

1: assessment they have made of the operation of the theatre market in (1) London, and (2) elsewhere in the - Speech Link
2: debate on the state of British theatre, particularly the London theatre, which attracts millions of tourists - Speech Link

2. Covid-19: Regional Theatres
28/09/2020 - Lords Chamber

1: My Lords, the first theatre I ever attended was the beautiful Grand Theatre in Blackpool. Like many - Speech Link
2: heart of the issue. I would like to widen regional theatre to include music and, indeed, opera. I have a young - Speech Link
3: Minister explain why all those who work in the theatre are not eligible for the Chancellor’s new job support - Speech Link

3. Arts, Culture and Heritage: Support Package
07/07/2020 - Commons Chamber

1: Trust, which I visited yesterday, and the National Theatre, but it will also support lesser known but equally - Speech Link
2: crown, every town and city lucky enough to have a theatre that is a precious part of the local economy must - Speech Link
3: One-metre social distancing does not work in the theatre sector, which would have to run at 20% capacity - Speech Link

4. Cultural Attractions: Contribution to Local Economy
06/10/2020 - Westminster Hall

1: signposting as to when they will be able to open. Theatre productions, for example, have lead times often - Speech Link
2: such as the Prince’s theatre, the West Cliff theatre and my own Frinton summer theatre, which I used to run - Speech Link
3: important to note that places such as the Sherman theatre in Cardiff, which is in the constituency of my - Speech Link

5. Skills for Theatre (Communications Committee Report)
16/05/2018 - Grand Committee

1: Report from the Communications Committee Skills for theatre: Developing the pipeline of talent (3rd Report - Speech Link
2: introduce this debate on the report Skills for Theatre: Developing the Pipeline of Talent. This resulted - Speech Link

Latest Speeches
Recent Questions related to Theatre
1. Theatre
asked by: Jo Stevens
26/04/2018
... whether his Department has taken any steps to ascertain the viability of regional theatre.

2. Theatre: Coronavirus
asked by: Gill Furniss
07/12/2020
... what steps he is taking to support theatres in tier three local covid alert level areas.

3. Theatre: Coronavirus
asked by: Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi
08/07/2020
... what plans he has to mitigate the effect of the covid-19 guidelines on the development of grassroots theatre.

4. Theatre: Education
asked by: Kerry McCarthy
11/11/2020
... whether (a) Saturday theatre schools and (b) out of school theatre classes are permitted to continue throughout the November 2020 lockdown restrictions.

5. Theatre: Coronavirus
asked by: Daisy Cooper
11/11/2020
... if he will revise the Government's performing arts guidance of 5 November 2020 so that theatres that (a) are businesses and (b) operate within a designated theatre can continue to hold covid-secure rehearsals regardless of the professional status of the performers.

Latest Questions
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11 Current APPG Officers
Giles Watling Portrait
Giles Watling
Chair & Registered Contact
Conservative - Clacton
Joined: 31st July 2019
Lord Kerslake Portrait
Lord Kerslake
Vice Chair
Crossbench - Life peer
Joined: 31st July 2019
Contact Details

Registered Contact:

Giles Watling MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA. Tel: 0207 219 0795.

Email: giles.watling.mp@parliament.uk

Public Enquiry Point:

Hannah Gagen, Society of London Theatre, 32 Rose Street, London WC2E 9ET. Tel: 020 7557 6708

Email: hannah@soltukt.co.uk

Secretariat:

Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre jointly act as the group's secretariat. https://solt.co.uk/ and https://uktheatre.org/

Group's Website:

https://uktheatre.org/theatreappg

Benefits in Kind
Date
14 Jan 2021
Source
Society of London Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 14/01/2021 To : 13/01/2022
Value
£1,501
Date
14 Jan 2021
Source
UK Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 14/01/2021 To : 13/01/2022
Value
£1,501
Date
14 Jan 2020
Source
Society of London Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 14/01/2020 To : 13/01/2021
Value
£9,001
Date
14 Jan 2020
Source
UK Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 14/01/2020 To : 13/01/2021
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jul 2019
Source
Society of London Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 01/07/2019 To : 30/06/2020
Value
£9,001
Date
1 Jul 2019
Source
UK Theatre
Description
Joint Secretariat   From : 01/07/2019 To : 30/06/2020
Value
£9,001

No direct financial benefits are on record for the Theatre APPG

Former APPG Officers
Baroness Hamwee Portrait
Baroness Hamwee
Vice Chair
Liberal Democrat - Life peer
Joined: 20th May 2020
Departed: 21st April 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Tracy Brabin Portrait
Tracy Brabin
Vice Chair
Labour (Co-op) - Former Member for Batley and Spen
Joined: 31st July 2019
Departed: 21st April 2021
No other APPG Memberships
Matt Western Portrait
Matt Western
Vice Chair
Labour - Warwick and Leamington
Joined: 24th February 2020
Departed: 16th December 2020