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Working at the Old Red Lion

CURRENT opportunities

Theatre Manager


As Theatre Manager for the Old Red Lion Theatre you will be responsible for all administrative aspects of the theatre. The ideal candidate would need to be commercially minded as they would be the lead in marketing/press campaigns and all social media activities, have an understanding and/or experience of technical theatre as they will be responsible for the upkeep of the theatre’s technical equipment and experience in providing a first class customer service for everyone visiting the theatre.



  • Plan forthcoming events, where you'll have to apply knowledge of audiences, ensure a balance between different types of productions, and be aware of which productions have been well received elsewhere;
  • Liaise and negotiate with production companies to plan the programme of work;
  • Supervise training for front of house staff;
  • Ensure that the theatre meets the requirements of legislation such as health and safety and licensing laws
  • Attend marketing meetings and undertake marketing activities;
  • Network with local industry and communities, educational organisations and other relevant bodies
  • Keep in touch with other theatre managers, producers and other theatre makers in order to stay up to date with new productions and create your own theatre network
  • Oversee the proper use and maintenance of the theatre’s technical equipment



You will need to have:

  • Excellent communication skills for dealing with the public, staff and other related companies;
  • Strong organisational abilities to plan productions;
  • Business acumen for making sure the theatre is profitable;
  • An understanding or willingness to learn about the theatre’s technical facilities
  • A high level of Computer literacy and social media savvy
  • An ability to work well within a small team and to maintain an excellent working relationship with bar management staff


Please send a covering letter with resume to with THEATRE MANAGER in the subject line.

Applications close Monday 25th September 2017. Salary negotiable depending on experience.



Work Experience


The London Horror Festival 2017 Volunteer Brief


Passionate about theatre? Love horror? Volunteering at the London Horror Festival is a perfect opportunity to see some of the UK’s best and upcoming live horror performances first-hand! If you like meeting new people and learning new skills, then we’d love to hear from you.

Volunteering at the LHF is a great way to gain valuable hands-on experience in arts management and to see how a theatre festival works. Friendly, diligent and approachable volunteers are an integral part of the day to day running of any fringe theatre festival. Not only do they keep us well-oiled during technical rehearsals and performances, as well as periodically running the box office, they are often the first port of call for all enquiries to the theatre. Volunteers will receive full training and also have the opportunity to see shows (if not sold out at close of doors) for free while working. All volunteers must be aged 18 and above.

New visiting companies will be joining us every 2-3 days so the more availability you can offer between Sunday 15th October – Saturday 4th November 2017, the better!


Responsibilities will include:

Welcoming visiting companies at their technical get-in, giving them a tour of the space, demonstrating the opening and closing procedure, advising them on health and safety regulations (including keeping the space clean and escape routes clear), ensuring they respect their get-in and get-out times, helping to troubleshoot any issues that may arise and settling the company into the venue.

Chatting to potential audiences by distributing programmes around London and posters to local businesses. Familiarising yourself with the show schedule so that you can offer audience recommendations.

Updating our social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) in the run-up to and during the festival (show countdowns, ticket links, photos).

Answering audience queries, selling tickets and running the Box Office 30 minutes before each show start.

Liaising directly with the visiting companies via the ORL Box Office email, checking their comp requests and ensuring audience capacity does not exceed 60.

Offering support to help shows start on time. There may be opportunities for stage management, ushering and technical assistance (this will be dependent on the visiting companies’ crew requirements).

Making a fuss of super friendly permanent Theatre resident, the Old Red Lion pub’s much-loved boxer dog, Rolo.


If you’re interested in volunteering then please email Katy on attaching your CV and explaining why you’d like to be involved, when you’re available and any particular interests you have.


We look forward to hearing from you!

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