Julian Bird, Chief Executive of the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre, released the following statement after this morning's Government announcement of the post-lockdown tiers in England.
'Today’s Government announcement is a relief for theatres in Tier 1 and 2 areas, including London’s West End, but equally devastating for Tier 3 theatres yet again forced to postpone or cancel shows - especially Pantos, usually an annual highlight for families and a vital source of income for theatres around the country. This risks the survival of many venues and leaves thousands of theatre professionals struggling over the Christmas period, particularly freelancers who cannot rely on Government support.'
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Date Published: 26 November 2020