Learning Research

Where Are the Workers?

Clore Fellow Christopher Haydon’s AHRC research is an investigation into the class diversity of British theatre audiences.

Christopher Haydon is a feelance director and the former Artistic Director of the Gate Theatre in London.

Theatres should be egalitarian; not just in the stories told there, but as spaces in themselves. Yet for a lot of people, the theatre environment throws up a host of barriers before you even make it through the auditorium door…the pretentious marketing language, the strict rules stickered up everywhere, the aloof atmosphere of pre-performance pints (prosecco?) in the bar. When did the theatre get so middle class, or has it always been that way?