Theatre Licence

We all like a bit of drama, but your going to need a licence if you want to create some drama yourself, a Theatre Licence to be precise. Public performances of stage plays must be licensed under the Licensing Act 2003.


Theatre Licence


Local council

TIME TO GET LICENCED 28 days (varies depending on local authority)
COST £100.00
VALID FOR 12 months

Application for Theatre Licence

Apply via local council
Submit requested documentation
Get Licenced

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What is a Theatre Licence?

If you wish to run a theatre to be used for the public performance of plays and dramatic pieces, then a Theatre Licence will be required.


We make having a theatre licence a simple, stress-free process


The definition of a play includes:


any dramatic piece involving speech, singing or action and the playing of a role.

ballets and musicals


In addition to the main purpose-built theatres which hold an annual licence, there are a number of community halls or similar premises which put on performances that require an occasional licence.


Note - An occasional Theatre Licence can be granted for a few days or for specific periods.


How to apply for a Theatre Licence

Theatre Licences must be made via your local council. You can find the contact details for your local council at the Official UK Government Website.


Yes, you will need to apply for an occasional Theatre Licence. This can be granted for a few days or for specific periods, such as the Christmas period.
Yes. This means that you will be able to act as though your application is granted if you have not heard from your local council by the end of the target completion period. However, some local councils may vary.

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