Following on from my blog about StageCon earlier this week, in which I promised to let you know if I heard anything more, the organisers have announced they are postponing the event until 2019, passing control to United Theatrical as Producer and General Manager. StageCon was originally planned to run over the weekend of 3 & 4 November at Shoreditch Town Hall in London.
When StageCon was announced in August, the organisers were overwhelmed by the responses they received. It was clear this was an event that fans of theatre were excited about, but, at the same time, they have realised that the ticket pricing necessary to cover the costs of the event was too high for some, particularly younger members of the community.
James Yeoburn, the UK General Manager for StageCon, said, “StageCon is an event that offers a great opportunity for fans from across the UK and the rest of Europe to come together in London to celebrate the magic of theatre. All involved in the event continue to keep this community celebration at heart. We have listened to the feedback received in the weeks since launching and recognise that ticket prices and lead time have prohibited many of the most loyal fans from being able to attend. It is important that we acknowledge that feedback, and work with our industry partners to make the requisite changes to allow for greater accessibility. We are sorry to not have the chance to share the exciting programme of events and performances developed for November, but look forward to presenting this with ample notice for next year. United Theatrical are delighted to be leading the StageCon that everybody has waited for, including us!”
The organisers are also keen to engage with those who have previously shared their feedback, in order that the community has the chance to contribute to an event created for the community, and that it has every opportunity to become a regular and celebrated fixture on the UK’s theatre calendar.
In addition, some of the previously announced contributors are now unavailable 3 & 4 November due to their being offered professional work which has taken priority. The organisers have therefore decided to take more time to ensure that audiences benefit from a strong and varied programme of productions, actors, creatives and theatre makers who can participate in 2019.
“It is imperative that StageCon reaches its full potential for the UK’s theatre community, and we must prioritise that over all else,” James added.
All ticket holders have been contacted and offered a refund or the option to transfer their ticket to next year’s StageCon.