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Inspiring Future Theatre Day 2020: Everything You Need to Know

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: July 2020
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Inspiring Future Theatre Day is an annual celebration of the fantastic work and career opportunities in the theatre industry across the UK. The project is co-created by Inspiring the Future, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre.

Here’s a round-up of all the day’s initiatives to inspire your students. Take advantage of these exclusive backstage tours and explore the careers your students can do in theatre.

Theatres had to shut their doors in March and so now more than ever is the time to celebrate the amazing people and opportunities in the industry. Sadly, this year’s Inspiring Future Theatre Day events cannot take place in person, however, your students can still get involved in this year’s events online, for free!

Also, join in on social media to share your first theatre inspirations and what you love about theatre. Your students can hear first hand about opportunities in the theatre industry from the UK’s top theatre-makers and theatre professionals.

Take a look at all the exclusive content below and also follow along with #InspiringFutureTheatre.

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Take a look backstage at some of the UK’s biggest shows

These educational videos from Official London Theatre will offer your students a chance to explore behind the scenes of some of the country’s biggest shows. The videos include a behind the scenes tour at Hamilton, The Ferryman, The Royal Albert Hall, ENO’s Iolanthe and Witness for the Prosecution.

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Behind the Scenes at Hamilton

The Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton has stormed the world, setting records on both sides of the Atlantic. But up until now, the backstage operations behind the show have been something of a mystery. This video will offer your students the first-ever behind-the-scenes look at what goes into performing Hamilton – either here in the West End or on Broadway.

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The Secrets behind The Ferryman’s Spectacular Set

This video joins The Ferryman’s stage management team as they let you in on some of the secrets from behind the scenes. 

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Behind the Scenes of Witness for the Prosecution

The unique courtroom setting of Witness For The Prosecution has immersed hundreds of theatregoers in a nail-biting life-or-death trial. This video delves into how London County Hall become the site of a critically acclaimed, Olivier Award-nominated thriller.

Behind the Scenes of the ENO’s Iolanthe

Paul Brown’s outstanding designs transported the audience to another world in the English National Opera’s Iolanthe. Watch this video to take a closer look at the designs that led to an Outstanding Achievement in Opera Olivier Award nomination.

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Get an exclusive insight into the Hair & Makeup of Wicked

This video will give your students an exclusive insight into the Hair and Makeup of Wicked with their Head of Hair/Wigs & Makeup, Joanna Smedley.

Learn more about Career Opportunities in the Theatre Industry

The theatre industry has a wealth of career opportunities! From directing and playwrighting to producing and marketing, the industry offers a wide range of options.

Inspiring Future Theatre Day was created to showcase these opportunities and inspire your student’s future careers.

Get into Theatre

Get Into Theatre is the UK’s leading theatre careers website. The site will help your students find all the information and opportunities they need to pursue a successful career in theatre in the UK. From backstage to performing, training to apprenticeships, they’ll find up-to-date theatre jobs information and advice.

Get Into Theatre is generously funded and supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and UK Theatre/Society of London Theatre. Get Into Theatre is produced by The Stage.

Take a look at the Get into Theatre website.

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Complete list of jobs in the theatre industry

There are many different types of jobs in theatre and knowing where to start in your theatre career search can be difficult. Whether your students want to be an actor, work within backstage & technical theatre or in one of the many supporting roles, Get into Theatre’s list is a great starting point to learn about all the available roles.

Take a look Get into London’s Complete List of Jobs in the Theatre Industry.

Get involved in Inspiring Future Theatre Day

It’s certainly different to previous years, but there’s still plenty of ways and opportunties to get invovled in Inspiring Future Theatre Day. For more information on the project, the Official London Theatre Inspiring Future Theatre Day page.

For more theatre career advice and opportunities, see the Old Vic’s careers advice and the National Theatre’s projects.

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