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Thursday 1 October 2020


Nicholas Allott

Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Cameron Mackintosh

The future of live theatre

Nick Allott will be discussing the current state of live theatre in the UK and its uncertain future. He will talk about the West End’s natural resilience and the problems of getting theatres up and running again and will examine the plight of the freelancers in this crisis, the role of government and lobbying, streaming as a substitute to live theatre and where we are in the process of recovery. Finally, he will tackle the challenges going forward for the industry both in the short and long term.

Nicholas Allott

Nicholas is the Non-Executive Vice Chairman of the Cameron Mackintosh group of companies, which includes eight West End theatres and Music Theatre International in New York and London. Nicholas joined Cameron Mackintosh in 1981 as the Executive Producer for Cats and subsequently for such shows as Les Misérables, Miss Saigon, The Phantom of the Opera, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and Hamilton. He was Managing Director of the group for almost 20 years. Nick was an Executive Producer of the Oscar winning feature film of Les Misérables.

He is a Patron of The Shakespeare Schools Festival, Managing Trustee of the Mackintosh Foundation, Chairman of Letters Live  and serves on the Boards of the Roundhouse, Soho Theatre and the Society for London Theatre. Previously, he was on the Board for The Cultural Olympiad for London 2012 and was part of the panel that selected Hull for the UK City of Culture 2017. He serves as a member of the Governments Cultural Strategy Group, is an Ambassador for the GREAT Campaign and was awarded an OBE for services to theatre and charity by the Queen in 2014.