Transitioning to Sustainable Production across the UK Theatre Sector

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This discussion paper examines transitional pathways to sustainable theatre production in the UK. By presenting and evaluating the application of circular economy principles within a variety of theatre-making contexts, it provides evidence related to the time, cost, training, support, professional development and resources required to decarbonise theatre production, reduce waste, and eliminate environmentally harmful industry practices.

The report includes discussion of Carbon Literacy Training, as well as detailed case studies of three productions:
- All’s Well That Ends Well by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) – a “large-scale production”
- River Land by Theatre Alibi – a “small-scale production"
- Exodus by National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) – a “touring production”.

The report concludes by identifying the key issues, challenges and opportunities associated with low carbon/low waste theatre production, and offers observations and recommendations to enable the sector to reduce its environmental impacts and contribute to the meeting of net-zero emission targets.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherCreative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre
Commissioning bodyArts Council England
Number of pages60
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-913095-99-4
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2023


  • sustainability
  • theatre
  • circular economy

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