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? 

Theme and format

Under the title Theatres Fit for the Future, the conference will focus on creating a lively, engaging, dynamic gathering of professionals to collectively imagine a more viable, sustainable, and inclusive future for our theatres, and the people who visit and work in them.

The 2022 event aims to shake things up a bit and – responding to feedback – more centrally involve everyone attending (our panellists, speakers and delegates) in helping to imagine what theatres fit for the future might look and feel like.

The conference embraces a spirit of enquiry. What might some of the solutions be to the challenges facing theatres and their operators over the coming years?

Conference sessions will include:

  • exploring new business models to ensure theatres not only survive but thrive in this new environment
  • imagining what a truly inclusive theatre might look like, that takes account of everyone’s access and cultural needs
  • returning to environmental sustainability, the topic of Conference 21 and still a vital issue for the sector
  • discussing the enhanced role for theatres as part of placemaking in light of the Levelling Up agenda and increased devolution.

Over the course of the conference we will seek to provide constructive, practical, sometimes philosophical solutions for us all to consider. To this end we want to reconceive of our annual conference as a place where each of us – theatre operators, architects, practitioners, consultants, suppliers – can make an active contribution.

There will be speakers from a range of different contexts to help us with our thinking. People from different walks of life and from across the country and around the world. Their brief will be to ask questions of us, to stimulate and provoke, on the understanding that individually and collectively we can imagine our theatres are fit for the future.

We have published details of the programme topics and the first wave of speakers and will confirm more over the coming weeks.

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 contribution 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. Find out more about Conference 22 sponsors and partners

Sponsor logos for Conference 22

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