By David Hanson MP / Latest News / / 0 Comments

I became one of the founding members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for theatre this week.

Hosted by Tracy Brabin, Labour MP for Batley and Spen and Giles Watling, MP for Clacton – both former professional actors – the group has been founded to support the resilience and relevance of theatre in the UK for audiences, its off stage and onstage workforce and society.

Guests heard speeches from Arts Minister Helen Whately MP, Shadow Minister Kevin Brennan MP, Vice-Chair Lord Kerslake and Julian Bird, CEO of the Society of UK Theatre.

Actor Hugh Bonneville also spoke, introduced by Giles Watling MP, and there was a special performance from the Royal Shakespeare Company production Matilda The Musical. Read more “Launching new All-Party Group for theatres”