Soho Theatre takes the privacy of all its customers and users seriously. We strive to take great care with customer and user information.

Soho Theatre Company is committed to protecting the privacy of those who use our services. We are the data controller for your personal data and will ensure it is used and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998), the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (2003) and as of the 25th of May 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679). Soho Theatre Company is a registered charity (company number 267234) and a company limited by guarantee (01151823) registered in England and Wales.  Soho Theatre operates the subsidiaries Soho Theatre Bar Limited (company number 07492131) and Soho Theatre Productions Limited (company number 02950678), and all data processed by the subsidiaries is also controlled by Soho Theatre Company.

We want to maintain the trust and confidence of our audience, participants and supporters as well as visitors to our website by ensuring you fully understand the way that we use your data. Our Privacy Policy gives you detailed information on when and why we collect your personal information, how we use it, how we keep it secure and how long we keep it for.  It also explains how you can control the data we hold, including how to update your information when it changes.

How do we collect your personal data?
When you engage with us as an audience member, donor or as a participant, we collect your information. This could be when you purchase a ticket or a membership, make a donation, sign up to a project, sign up to our mailing list, or register on our website. These interactions may occur online, in person or over the phone.
We may also collect information from publicly available sources as part of our fundraising practice. This may include obtaining information from individuals working on our behalf such as our development board and from organisations that book fundraising events or have memberships with us for their events.

What data do we collect?
We only collect information that’s necessary to carry out our business or to deliver our charitable objectives. The more ways you engage with us as an organisation, the more data we will require in order to provide the necessary services required. There are occasions where you can choose to not provide us with the information we require, but this will then impact the service we are able to provide.
The information we may collect from you is as follows:
•    Prefix and full name
•    Email address
•    Billing address
•    Phone number
•    Date of birth
•    Gender
•    Payment card details – we do not save these details and only retain the last four digits of your card in our database
•    Delivery address
•    Bank details for direct debit instructions
•    Access requirements
•    Dietary requirements (for attendance at fundraising events)
•    Contact preferences
•    Emergency contact details (for project participants only)
•    Job information

This is not an exhaustive list and we may retain different types of information for different individuals based on the service we are providing.  For information on how long we retain your data for, refer to the ‘how we protect data’ section of this policy.

We also keep a record of your interactions with us, such as what shows you have purchased tickets to, when you have had an active membership, any projects you may have participated in or supported and whether you have received, opened or clicked through any emails we may have sent.

We also may collect an automatically populated IP address when you use our website or email service.  This public IP address is a unique number which allows a computer, group of computers or other internet connected device to browse the internet. The log file records the time and date of your visit, the pages that were requested, the referring website (if provided) and your internet browser version. This information is collected to help diagnose and manage the website, to audit the geographical make-up of users, and to establish how they have arrived at the website.

We do use cookies which retain information about your online behaviour, preferences and settings. For more information, please refer to our cookies policy.

Third Parties
We may also obtain your data from third parties, such as organisations with which we co-produce, agencies that have sold tickets on our behalf or other third party organisations providing us with financial platforms, such as Charity Checkout which processes our direct debits.  These organisations should not pass on your data to us without your knowledge and only if it is required in the performance of a contract.  The third party will require your permission in order to share your data with us for marketing purposes and we will always notify you when we receive your data in this way.  You should check their Privacy Policy when you provide your information to understand fully how they will process and safeguard your data.

Social Media
Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media services like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may give us permission to access information from those accounts or services, such as your behaviour on these services and across our site.  The majority of this behaviour is anonymised.  For more information on how to control your privacy settings for these services, go to the following links:
•    Facebook – Privacy Policy
•    Twitter – Privacy Policy
•    Pinterest – Privacy Policy
•    YouTube – Privacy Policy
•    Soundcloud – Privacy Policy
•    Snapchat – Privacy Policy

Information Available Publicly
We may collect information such as job history, trusteeship, political preferences, locality and philanthropic activities from places such as Companies House, Google,, and information that has been published in articles / newspapers.

Why do we collect your data and how do we use it?
The main way we use your information is to provide the services you’ve requested. We also use your information to help us better understand our audience’s needs and to inform you about our news. We will only contact you electronically about non-contractually related information when we have your consent to do so.

1.    To fulfill the terms of a contract
To carry out our business and to provide a service or carry out a contract with you:
•    To fulfil ticket and product transactions.
•    To administer Friends and Members subscription transactions and benefits
•    To administer donations and acknowledge the donor’s support
•    To invite you to events as per your membership or sponsorship benefits.
•    Process payments. Please note that the Soho Theatre does not store any credit card or other payment information once the transaction has been completed.
•    Provide the best possible customer service and to help us with internal administration.
•    Contact you with important information relating to your booking or purchase, such as confirming your order, reminding you of an upcoming performance you’ve booked for or letting you know about any unexpected changes that may affect your visit.

2.    Because we have consent
Where we have your consent to:
•    Send you updates via email about what’s on, ticket or membership offers, and news
•    Email you about a specific topic you’ve requested to hear more on such as specific productions or opportunities to support our work.
•    Advertise via digital advertising platforms about what’s on, offers and news
•    Share your details with other arts organisations who have co-produced work you may have seen at or in collaboration with the Soho Theatre. These organisations should contact you to let you know how they collected your data and to check that you’re happy to hear from them. You will always be able to opt out of their communications by contacting them directly.

3.    Because there’s a legitimate interest
We use legitimate interest as a reason to:
•    Learn about your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information that is relevant to you.
•    Help us target our marketing and development communications and adverts so that they’re more relevant to you.
•    Use your pseudonymised details to show you advertising on such Social Media platforms as Facebook and Instagram or via other third party advertising that may appear on other websites you use. The information shared with these platforms is pseudonymised to protect your personal data.
•    Classify our audience into groups or segments, using booking and publicly available information. These segments help us to understand our audience better and ensure we’re sending relevant messages to each group. We may use third party processors to help achieve this.  We also submit these anonymously as part of reporting to fundraising and public funding bodies (such as Arts Council England).
•    Participate in the Audience Finder initiative or other initiatives as required by our Arts Council England NPO funding.  This initiative builds an aggregate picture of local and national audiences across all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations. Their tools allow us to understand our audience in a local and national context and helps us to identify new audience opportunities.
•    Measure and understand how our audiences respond to a variety of marketing activity so we can ensure our activity is well targeted, relevant and effective.
•    Analyse and continually improve the services we offer including our artistic output, our website and our other products.
•    Ensure we are maximising our ticket sales wherever possible.
•    Help us run the test version of our website and CRM system and ensure the smooth running of our customer services.
•    To enable us to fundraise effectively because we are a charity.

More Information on Fundraising:
a) Current Audience and Current Donors

Soho Theatre is a registered charity and social enterprise that generates income through several different sources, including voluntary contributions from its audience and other funders. Donations and sponsorship help every element of Soho Theatre’s work, from the performances on our stages to our mission to nurture young and emerging artists through the Soho Theatre Young Company.

We are committed to fundraising best practice and abide by the Fundraising Regulator’s key principles and behaviours of a fundraising organisation: to be legal, open, honest and respectful. We undertake to comply with relevant law and regulations, including the Proceeds of Crime Act, Data Protection, Tax and Gift Aid legislation, and Charity Commission guidance. We will ensure that our fundraising communications are relevant to their audience and provide appropriate opportunities for people to support our work, should this form of engagement be of interest.

To this end, the data collected by Soho Theatre will be used in the following ways for our fundraising purposes:
•    To promote our Friends membership programme to Soho Theatre Members and audiences based on the frequency of their visit, purchasing and donation patterns. This information will be used to ensure only relevant communications are received. These communications will be sent by email if we have consent or we will use legitimate interest (of our fundraising needs and of the impact on the individual) to determine if a communication by post is appropriate. These communications will be sent up to 3 times per year and an option to no longer receive such communications will always be provided.
•    To ask Friends, Members and audiences to get closer to our work by attending an event or to support our work further through a specific fundraising appeal. The communication will be sent based on the frequency of their visit, purchasing and donation patterns. This information will be used to ensure only relevant communications are received. These communications will be sent by email if we have consent or we will use legitimate interest (of our fundraising needs and of the impact on the individual) to determine if a communication by post is appropriate. An option to no longer receive such communications will always be provided.

b) Prospect Research
•    If you have joined as a Member or Friend, or are a current donor, we may use a number of basic research tools to understand your potential interest in other Friends membership levels or in supporting us further. This research may include information we hold (for example, residential location) and publicly available information (for example, through social media, Companies House, Charity Commission). This helps us understand the background and interests of the people who are currently engaging with our work and may subsequently choose to support us, enabling us to make appropriate invitations and requests for donations to those who may be able and willing to give.
•    In some cases, we will rely on legitimate interest for processing data of potential supporters. This means we may carry out initial research on potential higher-level donors to understand if a fundraising communication or event invitation (sent by post) would be appropriate. This data will only ever be data that is publicly available. This information will also help us to meet our obligations to protect the charity from financial fraud and risk.
•    We may also use publicly sourced information to help identify individuals who attend our events and to understand if further fundraising communications would be appropriate.
•    If a current Soho Theatre Friend, donor, staff member or Trustee recommends an individual who they feel would be interested in learning more about our work, Soho Theatre will not contact the individual unless explicit consent has been received to do so.

The Development Department monitors potential donations and corporate partnerships for compliance and risk. Final decisions may be escalated to the Board of Trustees. It is our Board’s legal obligation to act in the best long-term interest of Soho Theatre and to act prudently when deciding to accept or refuse voluntary contributions. The Board will refuse a gift if it can reasonably conclude that its acceptance would be more likely to be detrimental to the organisation than its refusal.

4.    We have a legal obligation

A CCTV system is in use on the Soho Theatre Company and Soho Theatre Bar premises for crime prevention and safety monitoring, and in the interest of public safety. It is a condition of our licences with Westminster Council that we operate a CCTV system in certain areas for the building. The system does not use hidden cameras.

The system manager is the Operations Director.

The system controller at any given time will be the Operations Director or the Soho Theatre Bar General Manager. The DVR system is in the office of the Soho Theatre Bar. The Operations Director and Soho Theatre Bar General Manager have remote access to the footage to allow rapid response in case of an incident or request for footage from the Police. No other person has remote access.

All CCTV footage will be stored digitally for at least 31 days. The Executive Director, Creative Director, Operations Director, Head of Finance & Administration, Bar General Manager, Bar Manager, Duty Manager, Duty Technician, Westminster Council Licensing Officers and the Police are authorised to view recorded footage.

Under no circumstances will CCTV footage be circulated or transferred outside Soho Theatre other than at the request of the Police. Only the Operations Director or Soho Theatre Bar General Manager are authorised to download footage on request from the Police.

Cameras are not positioned in a way that enables them to capture personal data. Soho Theatre is registered with the Information Commissioners Office, and a Data Protection team meets regularly to review all aspects of data management.


Who do we share your data with?
Soho Theatre will never share, sell, rent or trade your personal information to any third parties for marketing purposes without your prior consent. We will ask for your consent to share personal information with organisations we have co-produced work with that you may have seen in our theatre or in collaboration with Soho Theatre at another venue. These requests will be specific to the individual organisation so that your consent decision is informed.

We use a number of data processors in order to help us provide the services you request. These organisations are obligated to act on our instruction in relation to their use of your personal data and do not have any control over your data in their own right. We make sure anyone who provides a service for Soho Theatre enters into an agreement with us and meets our standards for data security. Your data is not used for anything other than the clearly defined purpose relating to the service that they are providing.

Examples of what data we may share and/or who we may share it with are as follows:
•    Name on card, credit card number, billing address, CVV amount of transaction and order number with WorldPay in order to process credit card transactions
•    Name on bank account, bank account number, sort code, amount of direct debit, frequency and customer number with Charity Checkout and Go Cardless in order to process direct debit transactions. More information on how these organisations process your personal data and your data protection rights, is available from the Charity Checkout Privacy Statement and GoCardless Privacy Notice.
•    Name on bank account, bank account number, sort code and amount on any cheque made payable to Soho Theatre which is paid into the Royal Bank of Scotland
•    Name and email address with Dotmailer in order to produce e-marketing campaigns and pre & post show emails (e-marketing campaigns require consent)
•    Service providers who aggregate data in order for us to do benchmark reporting across the industry, specifically:
o    The Audience Agency for the purposes of the Audience Finder initiative.  For more information on the data they collect, please refer to the following links on their website: &
o    List of major donors to funding bodies (we always respect anonymity where requested)
•    Named third party organisations if you ticked the relevant opt-in box when you purchased tickets. In these instances, we may supply your personal information to that specific organisation only
o    We will only supply full name and email address in these data shares and only with your consent
•    Other organisations such as competition organisers if you choose to take part in such activities that need administration by third parties and you choose to opt in for contact from those organisations.
o    We will only supply full name and email address in these data shares and only with your consent
•    Third party advertisers (such as Facebook or Google) to help us identify customers similar to our audience or to serve adverts they deem relevant to you on third party websites. The information shared with these advertisers is pseudonymised to protect your personal data.
•    Our ticketing system provider Spektrix who provide support should our ticketing system require maintenance
•    Where required to do so (for example, if required to do so by the ‘know your donor’ principles under charity law or a court order), or when requested by the police or a regulatory or government authority investigating illegal activities
Soho Theatre is not responsible for the privacy notices and practices of other websites even if accessed using links from and recommends that you check the policy of each website you visit and contact its owner or the Data team if you have any concerns or questions.
Despite all our precautions, no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure. So, we cannot guarantee the security of any information which you disclose to us and so wish to draw your attention to the fact that you do so at your own risk.

How do we protect your data?
Soho Theatre is committed to protecting the personal information you entrust to us. We adopt robust and appropriate technologies and policies, so the information we have about you is protected from unauthorised access and improper use e.g. your online account is encrypted and our own network is protected.

As part of the services offered to you through the Soho Theatre website, the personal information you provide may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). By way of example, this may happen if any of the computer servers used to host the website are located in a country outside of the EEA. If Soho Theatre transfers your personal information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this privacy notice.

Soho Theatre may transfer your data to the USA to organisations such as Facebook or Google. The USA has weaker data protection laws than that of the EEA and therefore we will ensure that only organisations who are a part of the EU privacy shield initiative will handle your personal information. More details on this certification can be found at

At times, Soho Theatre will be required to hold your data on our internal servers in form of spreadsheets or information documents. Our servers are held on site behind a firewall that is designed to monitor and control the flow of traffic between internal and external networks. The server and firewall are housed in a secure communications room with limited keyed access. Access to the server via VPN is strictly monitored and limited to essential staff. Our email servers are cloud based and managed by Microsoft 365.

Other Security features on the network include, but are not limited to:
•    NAC – Network access control – All users must have network level authentication to access the local network.
•    Anti-Virus – All PCs have an enterprise grade version of anti-virus software which will allow them to be protected from malware and viruses that may make their way through the other filters on the web.
•    Separated Guest networks – Being a public venue often used by external companies and customers, our networks are separated offering a guest network with policy’s in place to not allow traffic between the two networks, corporate and guest.
We will keep your information only for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice and to fulfil our legal obligations. We will not keep more information than we need. The retention period will vary according to the purpose, for example if purchasing a ticket only, we will typically keep your data for up to ten years from the date of your last point of engagement. For further information about how long we will keep your information, please contact us using the contact details outlined in this notice.

If you ask us to stop sending direct marketing communications to you, we will retain the information required (e.g. name, address or email address) to ensure we adhere with such requests.  You should find it easy to access and amend the personal information that we hold on you, or request that we stop contacting you. It’s your data and we want to make sure you feel in control of it.

How do I manage my data?
If you have an online account with us, you can amend your personal details and email contact preferences at any time. Simply sign in on the web site and access your account by selecting your name at the top of the page. Or, if you prefer, you can contact us by phoning, emailing, or writing using our contact details below.

Every email we send to you will include details on how to change your communications preferences or unsubscribe from future communications.

You can request full details of personal information we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998, or after 25 May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation, by contacting us. Please send a description of the information you would like to see, together with proof of your identity to

At any time you have the right to ask Soho Theatre to amend or to stop how it uses your personal information including for marketing purposes.  You can do this by signing in to the website and accessing your account details or if you don’t have an account or if you prefer to, you can contact us by phoning, emailing or writing using our contact details below. You have the right to get information held about you by us corrected. If you have any concern about the accuracy of your personal data, please let us know using the below contact details. If you would like us to remove the personal information we hold about you, please contact us using the below contact details.
By email:
By phone: 020 7478 0100
By post: Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office:  

How do I find further information?
Further information on data protection regulations and laws can be found here:
•    Data Protection:
•    Fundraising Regulator:

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