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Will this be the end of the road for some theatres?

How long before the Curtain comes down for the last time on some of our theatres?

Overnight in March the lights went out in 1000s of theatres across the UK. No more greasepaint or curtain calls for the foreseeable future.

As the weeks have gone on and we have learned more about Covid-19 and its transmutability, the sector has become more vocal in its call for specific assistance.

Any venue with concerns about its viability is advised to take pro-active advice, as measures can be put in place to safeguard the future of the business and the venue, even at this stage of lockdown. Please contact us

Problems for theatres

You can understand why when you think that most venues require 60% seat occupancy to survive. If theatres are given the ‘5 minute call’ to open again, they will need social distancing to be considerably relaxed to get even close to those required numbers.

Since lockdown, the Bristol Vic has seen three quarters of its income gone, and it was a successful enterprise. Nationally tickets sales plunged down 92% overnight and with no news on when places will re-open there is little point in taking bookings anyway.

Sonia Freeman, the top producer, has said that British Theatre is on the brink of collapse and needs a comprehensive and targeted package or risk seeing the majority of the 1000 theatres not open again.

This period of closure has already seen the loss of Leicester’s Haymarket into Liquidation, and Nuffield Southampton and Southport into administration. The Edinburgh Lyceum has mothballed itself to preserve what cash it has left.

There have been dire warnings also from Royal and Derngate in Northampton, Shakespeare’s Globe and the National about their futures.

With a typical venue requiring at least three months from giving the green light to open and ‘curtain up’, I question if some venues may never get to opening night.

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