The Theatre Show began its life as The ABTT Trade Show at The Donmar Warehouse in Central London in 1978, since when it has been staged in a variety of venues including The Round House in North London and Riverside Studios in West London.
Changes in the calendar of European trade exhibitions have dictated that the established Theatre Show dates were not available for 2015 and so the ideal opportunity to review the future time and location of the event has arisen. From 2015 the Theatre Show will be moving to The West Hall at Alexandra Palace in North London, a venue which will become a new permanent home for the show. Surprisingly, it fits the bill on a number of levels.
I was one of the original organising team and in recent years have overseen the growth of The Theatre Show as Show Director. I have witnessed extraordinary innovation and progress over the years and it is testament to the value of the event that three companies have exhibited at all of the Shows. One thing hasn’t changed though. It is the value and relevance of The ABTT Theatre Show to the theatre industry. The community that comes together every summer needs the best possible space to make the experience a valuable one. The Truman Brewery has ultimately proved to be a medium term solution following the unexpected sale of The Royal Horticultural Halls. It is now time to move on.
After 36 years at the helm, I am going to help steer the ship into this port and will then take more of a back seat while familiar faces continue to handle the day-to-day organisation.
I would like to thank you all, exhibitors and visitors, for your support and friendship over many years and I look forward to welcoming you to your new home in 2015.
The Association of British Theatre Technicians is an organisation supporting technical standards, training and safety. Every summer, The ABTT Theatre Show takes place in London where 100+ technical exhibitors from training establishments to manufacturers provide an extraordinary marketplace and networking opportunity. It works for those who are building or equipping a venue, it works for those who put on shows, it works for suppliers promoting their products and it works for students looking for a career in the industry.
The ABTT Theatre Show, now in its 36th year, offers an exhibition, seminars, workshops and product demonstrations with an opportunity for Discussion, Discovery and Development.
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