The Society of London Theatre has announced that Kash Bennett has been appointed President of the theatre industry trade body.
Bennett will serve as Vice President from the close of SOLT’s AGM in 2023 to the close of the 2024 AGM, and she will then take over from current President, Eleanor Lloyd.
Kash Bennett has been Managing Director of National Theatre Productions for over seven years, responsible for delivering all live theatre performed outside of the National Theatre, including the West End, Broadway, and all UK and international touring productions. Current productions include the UK tour of The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and West End transfers of The Lehman Trilogy, The Crucible and Standing at the Sky’s Edge.
She has also served three years on the SOLT board. Her other jobs have included Head of Production for Stage Entertainment UK, general managing a number of successful West End and touring productions.
The appointment of Kash Bennett follows the conclusion of Eleanor Lloyd’s three-year tenure at SOLT. Eleanor Lloyd said: “I am delighted that Kash will become President in June 2024. It has been a pleasure to work with her on the Board for the last three years and I look forward to working together more closely over the next 12 months before handing on the baton.”
Kash Bennett, President of SOLT, said: “I am thrilled to be taking on the role of President at SOLT during this vital time. Like many industries over the last few years, the theatre sector has demonstrated extraordinary resilience in the face of huge challenges. I can’t wait to work more closely with co-CEOs Claire Walker and Hannah Essex and the entire team at SOLT, as well as with my fellow board members, to continue to rebuild our industry and champion the UK as a world leading destination for theatre.”