Amy Lamé named first London night tsar
Performer, campaigner and broadcaster Amy Lamé has been appointed as London’s first ever night tsar, a role in which she will become a “much-needed ambassador for the city after dark”.
Her appointment has been welcomed by Society of London Theatre chief executive Julian Bird, who claimed it demonstrated “the huge importance of London’s night-time economy”.
“Night after night, incredible work is performed on our stages and we look forward to working together to celebrate and champion this,” he added.
Speaking at an event announcing her appointment, Lamé said she hoped to work closely with theatres across London as part of her role.
“I have worked myself in a lot of small theatres in and around London so I know a lot about the pressures that small theatres are facing. I’m very keen to open up the conversation, talk to everybody about what their ideas are, what their concerns are, and how we can make London truly a fabulous 24-hour city,” she told The Stage.
Lamé will work alongside organisations such as SOLT, the police and Transport for London to “ensure London thrives as a 24-hour city”.
London mayor Sadiq Khan has tasked Lamé with setting out a “roadmap” for how this will be achieved. Her first initiative will be to launch a series of night surgeries, where she will speak to businesses, workers and residents about the night-time economy.
Lamé, who co-founded and hosts Duckie at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London, went on to say: “It’s a privilege to be London’s very first night tsar. I can’t wait to hit the streets and have loads of ideas of what I can do for revellers, night-time workers, businesses and stakeholders. For too long, the capital’s night-time industry has been under pressure – music venues and nightclubs in particular are closing at an alarming rate.”
She added: “With the advent of the Night Tube, and the mayor’s commitment to protect iconic venues across the city, I’m confident that I can inspire a positive change in the way people think about the night-time economy.”
Khan, who made introducing a night tsar one of his manifesto pledges, praised Lamé’s “proven track-record of helping save venues, her first-hand experience of the industry over the last two decades as well as her love for London and its nightlife”.
“She is in an ideal position to work together with venues, authorities, developers and revellers enjoying a night out to solve difficult issues and get new and creative projects going,” he added.
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