Conference 22: Theatres Fit for the Future

Theatres Trust Conference 2022 will take a broad look at the state of the UK’s theatres and ask how they can come back stronger from the pandemic.  What will the ‘new post-Covid normal’ look like and what does this mean for the way we design, adapt and run our theatres? 

Programme and speakers

Sessions will feature theatres that are exploring new business models to ensure they not only survive but thrive in this new environment, looking at how they are generating new income streams and finding different ways to engage with their audiences and communities, and developing partnership approaches to increase resilience and impact.

Architects and practitioners will imagine what a truly inclusive theatre might look like, that takes account of everyone’s access and cultural needs. Theatre operators will share their innovative practices to ensure their buildings are welcoming to all.

Conference 22 will also return to sustainability, the theme of Theatres Trust’s 2021 conference, which generated a lot of positive feedback. This will include the latest developments on the Theatre Green Book, including the recently released Home Survey Tool which helps theatre operators create a prioritised plan to reduce their building’s carbon emissions. Theatres will also share their experience of investing in carbon reduction measures and the challenges, opportunities and energy saving benefits.

The Levelling Up agenda, greater devolution and the trend towards greater localism, with the concept of 15 minute neighbourhoods and the working from home revolution, all point towards an enhanced role for theatres as part of placemaking.  A range of speakers will help to unpick these phenomena and explore how in both strategic and practical ways theatres contribute to and can benefit from these trends.

We will bring together a mix of inspiring speakers and case studies, alongside opportunities for discussion and sharing of best practice, to help us understand what the future landscape will be and how we can best make sure our theatres are fit for the future.

Further details of the programme and speakers will be announced here soon. Follow #TheatresFitForFuture on social media for updates.

Drinks Reception

Conference 22 will be followed by a drinks reception. Open to all conference attendees, it provides an ideal opportunity to catch up with old friends and network with new contacts. Let us know if you plan to attend the reception when you book your conference tickets so we have an idea of numbers for catering.

Book your place

We are keen to include as many voices in the conference as possible so our delegate rates are lower than at our last pre-pandemic conference (as well as offering bursary places - see below). 

  • Reduced rate for Theatres Trust Friends, Corporate Supporters and members of partner organisations: £135 plus booking fee and VAT 
  • Standard ticket price: £165 plus booking fee and VAT

Look out for discount codes in emails from Theatres Trust, your trade body or our Media Partners Lighting & Sound International and The Stage. 

Partners: ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Federation of Scottish Theatre, ITC, Society of London Theatre, Theatre and Dance NI and UK Theatre.

If you are Theatres Trust Friend or Corporate Supporter and you want to book now, please email us at to be sent a discount code.

Book your places via EventBrite.

Refund policy

Refunds will be available up to 2 weeks before the event as we need to confirm numbers with the venue. Places can be transferred to another name at any time. Please contact us at 

Bursary scheme

Thanks to the support of Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Trafalgar Theatres we are able to offer a limited number of free bursary places and a contributions towards travel expenses to freelancers, students and representatives of small theatres. Find out more about the bursary scheme.

Inclusion and sustainability

Theatres Trust is committed to ensuring that diverse voices and experiences of the UK theatre sector are reflected in its conference programme, speakers and delegates. Read more in the Conference 22 Inclusion Statement

Theatres Trust acknowledges that any event will have an environmental impact but there are significant benefits in coming together for an in-person event that cannot be replicated with an online event. In line with our Environmental Principles, we have endeavoured to make Conference 22 as environmentally responsible as possible within the limitations of hosting a conference. Read more in the Conference 22 Sustainability Statement.

Thanks to Sponsors and Partners

Conference 22 is made possible thanks to the support of our sponsors and partner organisations.

Platinum Sponsor Bristow Consulting

Gold and Bursary Sponsor Trafalgar Theatres
Gold and Lanyard Sponsor Unusual
Gold Sponsors Charcoalblue, Plann, Theatreplan, Tysers

Silver Sponsors Audio Light Systems, Buro Happold, EM Acoustics, Harlequin, Haworth Tompkins, LW Theatres, pointOne EPoS, Stage Electrics, Theatre Projects and Triple E, Bronze Sponsor 3LR and Bursary Sponsors Avison Young, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres and Trafalgar Theatres.

Partners ABTT, Community Leisure UK, Creu Cymru, Federation of Scottish Theatre, ITC, Society of London Theatre, Theatre and Dance NI and UK Theatre.

Media Partners Lighting and Sound International and The Stage.

Find out more about Conference 22 sponsors and partners.