Theatre

“Harbottle & Lewis has a ‘long-standing reputation as a destination of choice for media and entertainment clients.'”

Chambers UK

Advising the theatre industry has been central to the Firm since its foundation. Now more than ever, as the industry collectively faces its greatest challenge in recent memory, you need lawyers who are established and recognised as both legal and industry experts.

You also need us to help you adapt to an ever-changing global business: in the past, this has meant helping lobby for the introduction of the theatre tax credit and assisting in the establishment of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Theatre. We continue to be regularly involved in some of the most innovative and genre-defying theatre deals.

Our clients work at the highest levels in the UK, US and internationally across theatre, musical theatre, immersive theatre, ballet, opera, dance and circus, and include producers, theatre owners, not-for-profit producing companies, venues, drama schools, industry bodies, investors, agents, creative talent and high-profile rights-holders. In an increasingly converged entertainment industry, we also help clients navigate other related sectors through our expertise in TV, film, music and beyond.

We also support up-and-coming producers at the start of their careers, and in particular are proud to work alongside and support the charity Stage One.

Our clients include the producers of recent or upcoming West End and Broadway shows such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Wicked, The Book of Mormon, War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Company, Come From Away, Upstart Crow, Waitress, Fleabag, Back to the Future and The Prince of Egypt. We represent many productions as they transfer to and from other territories around the world.