Censorship and Classification


LPA is strongly supportive of freedom of speech and opposed to censorship of the arts.

Currently, no classification system exists for live performance and LPA is supportive of this policy position. In our view, theatre is an art form that should have the capacity to stretch and challenge the audience, and has historically been a medium through which social conventions are examined and called into question, allowing for the evolution of social values. 

In this respect, theatre and other live performance art forms fulfil an important social function, which is potentially diminished by censorship or the application of a classification system.

That being said, LPA advises all Members and other arts practitioners to provide appropriate warnings and representative advertising and publicity material to ensure that the public are as informed as possible regarding the nature and content of the show they are attending, prior to attendance.