After several weeks of pressure, with industry leaders warning that many venues were on the brink of collapse, and with major producers such as Cameron Mackintosh shutting down performances of hit shows such as Hamilton and Les Miserables until 2021, it seems like there is hope on the horizon for the sector in the UK, as the Government has unveiled a £1.57bn support package to help protect the futures of UK theatres, galleries, museums and other cultural venues.
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Update regarding performances of #HamiltonLDN: In response to the continued uncertainty over when the government is going to completely withdraw social distancing measures and allow the safe return of theatre productions Cameron Mackintosh, his producing partners and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres have had to take the difficult decision of delaying the return of their productions of Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Hamilton and The Phantom of the Opera until as early as practical in 2021. All customers who have booked to date will be contacted directly by the box office, or their original point of purchase, and offered a credit voucher which can be used for priority booking when new booking dates are announced, or a refund. Click link in bio for the full statement.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told BBC Breakfast new grants and loans aim to preserve “crown jewels” in the UK’s art sector as well as local venues.
Guidance for a phased return of the performing arts, starting with performances behind closed doors and rehearsals, is expected to be published by the government shortly.
Mr Dowden said the package is all “new money” and has two broad aims – to preserve “crown jewel” venues like the Royal Albert Hall and national galleries, while also helping local institutions across the UK.
He said institutions applying for the new grants and loans through industry bodies would have to prove how they contribute to wider economic growth.
This package might help save Cirque du Soleil which filed for bankruptcy last week, and it will definitely be of immense help for the many production companies which have already started looking at redundancies!