New Culture Commissioner and Taskforce

London theatre news: Thursday 21 May 2020

Coronavirus - Government agencies

Producer Sonia Friedman today (21 May) wrote a passionate article for The Telegraph in which she said "British theatre is on the brink of total collapse".

Ms Friedman stated that the lockdown has already meant £330 million of lost income for theatres and warned that ...

"Without an urgent government rescue package, 70 per cent of our performing arts companies will be out of business before the end of this year.

More than 1,000 theatres around the country will be insolvent and might shut down for good."

You can read the full text of Ms Friedman's article here.

Yesterday, though, saw a glimmer of hope with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, appointing Neil Mendoza as the new Commissioner for Cultural Recovery and Renewal.

The Secretary of State also announced last week the creation of the Cultural Renewal task force (focusing on recreation and leisure) and has now set-up an Entertainment and Events Working Group bringing together representatives from around the country to develop advice and guidance on the reopening of cultural venues across the nation.

You can read the full press release here.

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