The Licensing Act requires that “Theatrical Performances” only take place if a Temporary Event Notice has been given or a Premises Licence obtained from the local council. There are very severe penalities for holding a play without an authorisation – up to £20,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment at worst.
The term “Theatrical Performance” covers everything from a performance of one of Shakepear’s plays to a battle reinactment to a Punch and Judy show. One test is to ask whether there is someone taking on a role where they pretend to be someone else – irrespective of whether there is a script or not.
Our solicitors have experience of licensing not only in relation to ‘tradtional’ plays in theatres, but also large outdoor events and smaller performances such as for children’s entertainment.
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