The ABTT Theatre Show is the home of theatre specialists. A broad spectrum of companies and organisations exhibit and more than that, the combination of exhibitors and visitors make the two day show an exceptional networking opportunity.


Leading lighting companies exhibit the latest technologies and products. The Theatre Show is a major networking opportunity for lighting designers and production electricians.


We offer a practical environment for the audio industry. Live demonstrations are now very much part of the event in our studio space.


A wealth of technical disciplines are covered at the show. Relevant to venue operators, production staff and theatre consultants, we also have exhibitors addressing Health & Safety, Codes of Practice and other relevant matters.


Relevant across theatre, TV, film and commercial work, our exhibitors offer a broad range of scenic solutions.


The ABTT Theatre Show brings together Drama Schools and Trade Associations under one roof. Anyone exploring the possibility of a future in the industry will derive significant value from a visit to the show. Increasingly, a number of companies now offer apprenticeships.


The ABTT Theatre Show continues to prepare for the successful delivery of the 42nd show on June 10-11 at Alexandra Palace whist keeping a close watching brief on the coronavirus outbreak. At all times, the health and wellbeing of our exhibitors and visitors will take priority and we will be following advice and guidance from the Government and The London Borough of Haringey, owners of Alexandra Palace. 

As of Tuesday 17th March 2020, current Government advice is that those wishing to attend the ABTT Theatre Show should not attend. No advice is offered to Alexandra Palace nor the organisers of the ABTT Theatre Show. Over the next 7 weeks, we will observe the situation and then make a final decision.

The current indication, depending on Government policy, is that we will make a decision on Monday May 3rd whether to go ahead with, or cancel the show. In the event of cancellation, all exhibitor payments will be refunded, and 2020 reservations will be honoured for 2021.

The ABTT Theatre Show will be presented on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th June 2021 in the West Hall at Alexandra Palace.

Thank you for your understanding in what are very difficult times.  

Isobel Hatton

Show Director

17 March 2020

2020 Show

@ The West Hall, Alexandra Palace, London

Wednesday 10 June: 10am – 6pm

Thursday 11 June: 10am – 5pm

The ABTT Theatre Show is an exhibition where between 100 and 150 suppliers relating to live performance technology engage with those responsible for delivery in the world of theatre, events, festivals, sport, film and TV. A range of peripheral activities are presented to support the exhibition, which is a well established annual networking opportunity for the technical community.

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

2021 Dates

Wednesday 9 June: 10am – 6pm & Thursday 10 June: 10am – 5pm


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The ABTT Theatre Show works closely with Curtain Call to deliver networking opportunities.



Curtain Call is a network created BY theatre professionals FOR theatre professionals. We connect you, the theatre professional, with a network that showcases everyone involved in theatre. Individuals and companies can create and manage profiles, connect and collaborate with others. Find out more….