Published 25 May in

Critical Security Threat Level - Advice for Theatres


The UK Government has raised the security threat level to Critical following the Manchester Bombing. This means that another attack is considered imminent. 

Theatres could be considered targets for future attacks so it's important to remain vigilant. Here are some things you can do to ensure you keep your theatres and its patrons safe. 

Firstly the UK theatre network are issuing important updates regularly, keep an eye out for these. This will be your best chance to receive the most recent advice and to make sure you are responding appropriately. 

Now, more than ever, you should consider your security escalation procedure carefully and ensure staff are well trained.

Other things to consider may include:

  • Ensuring main entrances have permanent security presence.
  • Staff all exits and encourage patrons to disperse away from the building after the show.
  • Consider replacing bins with clear bags.
  • Search bags and coats outside the building.
  • Non-essential deliveries to be postponed.
  • Ensure that first aid kits are well stocked and staff trained.
  • Run regular scenario training with staff.
  • Ensure you have robust security plans.
  • Actively monitor CCTV when public are in the building.

Make sure you keep yourselves safe, if you do see any suspicious behaviour or belongings, make sure to ring the police. 

If you need further advice on how you should be responding to the recent events, give us a call on 0845 257 1489 or e-mail us at [email protected]