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How can the Government better support UK theatre?

21 March 2017

The Communications Committee continues its short inquiry into the skills needed to sustain the UK theatre industry. The Committee questions witnesses from the National Theatre and the National Theatre of Wales.


The evidence session is an opportunity for the Committee to examine issues with a leading London theatre regarding outreach work to develop skills at a local level, and a major regional theatre. The Committee also explores how education and policy could influence how the status of careers in the theatre industry are perceived.


Tuesday 21 March, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30pm

  • Alice King-Farlow, Director of Learning, National Theatre

At 4.30 pm

  • Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, Managing Director, National Theatre Wales

Areas of discussion

Possible questions that the witnesses may face include:

  • Is there evidence of a gap between training offered at school, higher and further education and the skills required for the theatre industry? What would you like to see in training, and how might it best be delivered, for theatre workers on and off stage?
  • What impact have rising costs of living had on students and those employed in the industry? How might these conditions be addressed effectively by government?
  • Is there a need for greater diversity in the theatre industry? If so, how can individuals of different backgrounds and locations be encouraged and supported to enter it and persist in it?
  • What is the most important action you think government could take to enhance the theatre sector?

Further information

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