Tags : arts and culture

An Open Letter To Oliver Dowden

Dear Mr Dowden, Oliver – if you will.  I’m writing to you because, well, I have some questions. A few days ago, you expressed that you wanted theatres open by Christmas. You floated the idea of offering mass testing to audiences and therefore being able to scrap social distancing measures. Now, I feel like I’ve […]Read More

Saving British Theatre: Can ‘Seat Out To Help Out’ Do

The government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme finished at the end of August (although some businesses have extended their involvement with the scheme) and it was a huge success. The latest statistics show that diners claimed 100 million meals and it gave the hospitality industry, as well as the economy more generally, a much-needed […]Read More

Theatre News: Indoor Performances To Go Ahead From Today

The government has confirmed indoor theatre performances can go ahead from today, as long as social distancing is adhered to. Although the news comes later than planned, the return of indoor performances is stage four of the Culture Secretary’s plan. As we continue to move through the phased theatre reopening, Boris Johnson has said the […]Read More

Theatre News: Theatre Job Losses Rise To 5,000

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused at least 5,000 jobs to be lost in the theatre industry. Figures collated by the BECTU trade union shows that the number of layoffs and redundancies in the theatre industry have risen to 5,000. It was only a month ago that the government announced their £1.57 billion support package, and […]Read More

Theatre News: Concerns Over 2020’s Pantomime Season Begin

Concerns about whether this year’s pantomime season will be able to go ahead have been raised following a statement from UK Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden. Last week, Dowden revealed that November is the earliest that theatres are likely to be offered a date for reopening their doors to the public. Whilst outdoor performances with social […]Read More

Theatre News: Arts Council England Reveals How To Apply For

Following the government’s unveiling of the Culture Recovery Fund, which offers grants for artists and venues for up to £3 million, Arts Council England have now provided more details on how to apply for this life-changing funding, which is designed to support artists and companies who have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. This scheme, […]Read More

Theatre News: Dear Evan Hansen Reopening Pushed Back to 2021

It has been announced that Dear Evan Hansen will not return to the West End until 2021. Even though the Government is beginning to release the lockdown rules surrounding indoor theatre performances, it has been confirmed that the production of Dear Evan Hansen will not return until 2021. Producers hope they will be able to […]Read More

Theatre News: Culture Minister Reveals Plans For Theatres To Safely

MP Caroline Dinenage has elaborated on the government’s plans for reopening theatres, announcing they will open ‘very shortly’ once safety measures have been tested. Speaking on Sky News, Dinenage revealed that the government “very shortly want to be able to announce theatres indoors but with social distancing”, adding that they have “always taken a very […]Read More