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.
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