Essential Theatre

Contributed by Crispin Raymond, Arts Council of England

When Crispin first started to write Essential Theatre his task, or so he thought, was to update what he had advocated in Clear Sightlines, a book which was much read and valued by those involved in touring. Life is never that simple, however. In the past two years much has changed on the touring circuit and, while it is true to say that the arts never stand still, the pace of change has been phenomenal and not just because of the appearance of National Lottery funds. As a result, Crispins update has evolved into a more complex undertaking. Essential Theatre offers an up-to-date and comprehensive analysis of all aspects of presenting theatre management today.
The role of the venue manager and of all the staff working in presenting venues in making that crucial link between what happens on stage and the audience is more important than ever. This is now generally recognised. What follows should be read by everyone who cares about, or has an interest in, venue management. Not everyone will need to read every section, but please do give it some time and share it with your staff and colleagues. Whether you are an experienced manager seeking new suggestions for old problems, whether you are about to embark on a career in venue management, or whether you are a board member of a presenting venue, I believe you will find Crispins Essential Theatre thought provoking, stimulating and, above all, useful.

For the publication itself, please look at our bookstore. The full online resource: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/essential_theatre/pages/intro/menu.htm
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