Transitioning to Sustainable Production Across the UK Theatre Sector

Project: Research

Project Details


This research project is a co-commission by the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre and Arts Council England.

Working with the Theatre Green Book, its aims are to:
- examine transitional pathways to sustainable theatre production in a post-Covid, post-Brexit landscape;
- identify the challenges, their solutions and growth requirements of low carbon/low waste production in a variety of theatre-making contexts;
- develop, demonstrate and evaluate theatre-making models and production strategies that embed circular economy principles;
- produce evidence, policy recommendations and enhanced supporting materials that strategically address the UK theatre industry’s environmental impacts.

Its key research methods are to produce Case Studies of 3 productions following the Theatre Green Book by Royal Shakespeare Company, Theatre Alibi, and National Theatre of Scotland.
Effective start/end date1/03/221/12/22

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals


  • Sustainability
  • Theatre design
  • Policy