Posted on 30/03/2012
The Heart of the West End, a unique two day conference organised by Royal Holloway, University of London in association with the V&A and Theatre Royal Haymarket, has been grabbing headlines in theatre publications and mainstream media.
Theatre critics, thespians, producers and directors around the world watched the discussions unfold on live twitter feeds, as the conference discussed the future of the West End.
Speaking at the conference, playwright Richard Bean condemned the "legal ticket touting" that is driving popular audiences away from West End theatre, with his discussion reported by BBC News online and The Stage.
The conference attracted considerable interest with WhatsOnStage.com, British Theatre Guide, and Theatres Trust all running pre-writes on the event and extensive coverage after the conference.
Whatsonstage.com reported on the panel discussions at the conference with links to podcasts from the event, Public Reviews reported on the crisis that the West End faces, and Theatres Trust featured a round-up of the “frank and open exchanges”. A feature was also printed in the print edition of The Stage and on the Equity website.
The Heart of the West End also inspired blogs by Lyn Gardner from the Guardian and Clamorous Voice, a DPhil student at the University of Oxford.
For more information about The Heart of the West End and to see photos from the event please visit Royal Holloway’s Drama Department website.
To be a part of the ongoing discussions on Twitter follow The Heart of the West End twitter account or use the hashtag #heartofwestend.