Conference 24: Making Theatres Thrive

Theatres Trust Conference returns in 2024 with an exciting change of venue and more opportunities for networking and discussion.

We are delighted that The Lowry in Salford will host the main day of the conference on Tuesday 8 October. We will bring together a mix of inspiring speakers and case studies, to help us understand what we all can do to make sure our theatres thrive.

This will be followed by an optional half-day on Wednesday 9 October, where delegates will have the opportunity to spend a morning touring some of Manchester’s most distinctive theatre venues.

Conference theme

What do we need to do to ensure our theatres not only survive but thrive? Faced with the unprecedented challenges of post-covid recovery, the cost of living and public funding crises, how can we adapt and change our theatres and how we run them so they can be more resilient and able to withstand these shocks?

Do we need to develop more flexible business and operating models and what would these look like? How do we ensure theatres lead the way in reducing global warming and can adapt to climate impacts? How can we reassert theatres’ placemaking role, making our villages, towns and cities great places to live? And what does that mean for how our theatres are designed, maintained, adapted and run?

Bursary scheme

We are pleased to offer free places and a contribution towards travel expenses to students, freelancers and small theatres. Find out more about the bursary scheme.

Save the date

More information will be available soon, including details of how to book - but for now please hold the date(s) in your diary so you can join us in Salford and Manchester. If you want to be sent a reminder / more information when tickets go on sale, please email and we'll notify you.

Thanks to our sponsors

Conference 24 is only possible thanks to the support of our sponsors and partners.:

Gold and Lanyard Sponsor - Unusual
Gold Sponsor - Theatreplan
Silver Sponsors - Buro Happold, Harlequin, LW Theatres, Plann, Stage Electrics

There are still opportunities available to support Conference 24. Find out more about the opportunities available.