Cambridge Theatre, London. Photo by Anastasiia Pyvovarova on Unsplash

England: plan to reopen theatres with reduced capacity ‘not viable’

Plans for 1 August reopening criticised by industry figures as not enough to keep many venues open Theatres and venues in England will be able to host socially distanced performances and gigs from 1 August under new government plans, but the move has been criticised for not being economically viable for most venues. The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, said the plan, which is the fourth stage of the government’s five-step plan for reopening arts venues, was a “welcome step in the path to a return to normal”. But industry figures…

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Can South Korean technological solutions save British theatre?

Andrew Lloyd Webber is testing tech used by the Phantom of the Opera in South Korea to try to save British theatre. But it might be too late. In South East London, Bromley Little Theatre has staged productions for as long as most locals can remember. The 113-seat theatre, which was once a converted Victorian bakery, is known for its vibrancy – but since March, its rows of red auditorium seats and its stage, which once boasted performances of A Christmas Carol and Goodnight Mr Tom, are empty and gathering dust. “We have…

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Coronavirus: Lights to stay down on Broadway until next year

Broadway contributes billions of dollars to New York’s economy and supports almost 100,000 jobs All 41 theatres that make up New York’s performing heartland of Broadway will stay closed until next year. They have been shut since March when they closed as part of the city’s lockdown in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Now, in what could prove to be a terminal blow for some theatres, not to mention the careers of many who work in the industry, the Broadway league has said the curtain won’t be raised on any productions…

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