The ABTT and PLASA, (the association for the live entertainment technology industry) are pleased to announce a collaboration that will bring the 2021 editions of both the ABTT Theatre Show and the PLASA Show under one roof from 5-7 September at Olympia London.For 2021 only, this partnership between the two established associations aims to reduce pressure on the exhibition calendar as the industry’s eco-system recovers from the impacts of the pandemic and will bring the broad sector together for one landmark event.

For this year only, this joint event will debut at Olympia’s largest hall, the Grand. The ABTT Theatre Show will run in its own defined space, retaining its own unique identity, and celebrating the ABTT’s 60th anniversary. The more spacious hall will also make room for more inspiring stands, more show features, and perhaps most importantly, extra aisle width for visitors to move around freely.

We are very excited to be able to work with PLASA. by consolidating the trade show calendar to a single date line both the ABTT and PLASA are confident they will deliver the most beneficial and supportive event for the sector.

Furthermore, to maintain industry energy and connection, the ABTT, which has been supporting the industry with online seminars over the past twelve months, will also be collaborating with PLASA Online from 10-14 May in hosting some sessions. More information here.

General Information

The ABTT Theatre Show is an annual trade show hosted in London and organised by registered charity, the Association of British Theatre Technicians. The ABTT Theatre show draws exhibitors and visitors from all over the world interested in topics such as lighting, audio visual, scenography, rigging, set construction, technical theatre and related technologies.

It has been developed by the ABTT to be relevant across theatre, TV, Film and commercial work. So a broad range of technical disciplines are covered, being relevant to venue operators, production staff, theatre consultants and students addressing issues of Health and Safety, Codes of Practice, Live Performance, Academic Development and other relevant matters.

The ABTT Theatre Show was last presented on the 5th and 6th June 2019, where the new exhibition layout and comprehensive programme of events saw a 13% increase in attendance on 2018.