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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Talent agency under fire for ‘cruel’ April Fool’s casting prank by Matthew Hemley

A talent management company has come under fire for calling on its clients to self-tape an audition for a non-existent job as part

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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coronavirus: Theatre Royal Stratford East commissions virtual play celebrating key workers by Matthew Hemley

Key workers are being urged to share their stories with Theatre Royal Stratford East as part of a virtual play being created

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Coronavirus: Newcastle Theatre Royal boss postpones retirement to lead venue through outbreak by Matthew Hemley

Newcastle Theatre Royal chief executive Philip Bernays has postponed his planned retirement so he can “lead the organisation through this difficult time”.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Coronavirus: ACE allays fears that emergency financial package is ‘sacrificing’ freelances by Matthew Hemley

Arts Council England has moved to allay fears that its recently announced rescue package is likely to lead to “more hardship in

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Coronavirus: Graduates will miss out on chancellor’s self-employment support, industry body warns by Matthew Hemley

Drama school gradates who completed their studies last summer will need “rapid support” following the chancellor’s newly announced package of measures to

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Cruise ship performers fear they will be stranded as world locks down by Matthew Hemley

Performers from the UK who are stranded on a cruise ship outside of Miami have described feeling “scared and stressed” as they

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus: Theatres adapt to accommodate employees juggling day jobs and parenting by Matthew Hemley

Theatres and arts organisations have started to make adjustments to accommodate workers who are now juggling caring responsibilities alongside their day jobs

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Coronavirus: ITV to broadcast Olivier Awards special as plans for 2020 ceremony revealed by Matthew Hemley

ITV is to broadcast a special programme celebrating the past 10 years of the Olivier Awards on April 5, the day this

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Coronavirus: Meet the theatre workers who have turned to supermarket jobs while venues go dark by Matthew Hemley

As theatres around the UK close their doors, Matthew Hemley spoke to theatre workers who have turned to supermarkets for work while

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Coronavirus: Mountview launches digital showcase for graduates during lockdown by Matthew Hemley

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has launched a digital showcase that will provide agents and casting directors with showreels of graduates while

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Spotlight suspends membership fees following petition by Matthew Hemley

Spotlight has temporarily suspended its membership fees for three months, following pressure from actors. Last week, a petition signed by more than

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Coronavirus: Freelance and self-employed workers face bankruptcy within 12 months without support by Matthew Hemley

Freelance and self-employed workers in the theatre face bankruptcy within a year if further measures are not put in place to support

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Coronavirus: HighTide announces raft of measures to support industry and talent during shutdown by Matthew Hemley

New HighTide artistic director Suba Das has unveiled a series of initiatives to support talent and the industry while theatres are closed,

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Coronavirus: Stage One offers producers support grants of up to £5,000 for cancelled work by Matthew Hemley

Charity Stage One has announced grants of up to £5,000 for producers who have previously undertaken a development programme with the organisation.

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Coronavirus: Opera Holland Park and English Touring Opera cancel seasons but make pay commitments by Matthew Hemley

Opera Holland Park has cancelled its 2020 season scheduled to run from June, but has committed to paying artists and backstage staff

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Coronavirus: Entertainment unions call on government to implement income guarantee for freelance workers by Matthew Hemley

Entertainment unions including Equity, BECTU and the Musicians’ Union have issued a joint call on the government to provide an income guarantee

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Coronavirus: West End performers offered interim payments until settlements secured by Matthew Hemley

West End performers have started to be offered interim payments following the closure of productions, The Stage understands, with some offered £350

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Coronavirus: Equity calls on government for a rescue package to tackle ‘unprecedented crisis’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity has vowed to argue the case for entertainment workers to the “highest levels of government”, as it outlines plans to secure

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: Income at arts venues UK-wide falls by 92% year-on-year following closures by Matthew Hemley

Advance ticket sales and income at arts venues nationwide dropped by 92% year-on-year following Boris Johnson’s advice that theatres close, new data

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Coronavirus: Arts Council of Wales warns of ‘multi-million pound losses’ as it announces measures to aid sector by Matthew Hemley

The Arts Council of Wales has warned that theatre companies and venues face “multi-million pound losses” because of cancelled projects, as it

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Coronavirus: Charities join up to create one-stop advice site for industry by Matthew Hemley

Leading theatre charities have joined together to create a one-stop shop of advice for people affected by the closure of theatres around

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Coronavirus: Brighton Festival cancelled for first time in its history, as fringe is postponed by Matthew Hemley

The Brighton Festival, which was due to take place in May, has been cancelled for the first time since it was founded

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Coronavirus: Producers offer shows online as theatres go dark by Matthew Hemley

Productions including George Stiles and Anthony Drewe’s musical version of The Wind in the Willows and The Habit of Art starring Matthew

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Sister Act rehearsals postponed as producer urges other shows to stop immediately by Matthew Hemley

Rehearsals for the forthcoming production of Sister Act the Musical have been postponed, as producer Jamie Wilson urges other shows to stop

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Coronavirus: Theatres warn of permanent closures and cuts to jobs as shutdown begins by Matthew Hemley

Industry leaders have warned of the “perilous and uncertain future” faced by the theatre industry, with some cautioning that venues will shut

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Coronavirus: Drama schools move teaching online by Matthew Hemley

Drama schools including Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, LAMDA and Guildhall School of Music and Drama are cancelling face-to-face teaching because of

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Young Vic cancels remaining performances of Nora by Matthew Hemley

All remaining performances of Nora at the Young Vic have been cancelled, with the theatre stating that the “health and wellbeing of

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Coronavirus: Arts Council England pledges support to compensate freelance workers for lost income by Matthew Hemley

Arts Council England has pledged to “refocus” some of its grant-giving programmes to compensate individual artists and freelance workers who lose earnings

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Edinburgh Fringe plans to run as normal in August despite coronavirus fears by Matthew Hemley

Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have said they are optimistic the event will run as planned in August, but have outlined

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Equity’s minority members committee resigns en masse over Laurence Fox apology by Matthew Hemley

All nine members of Equity’s minority ethnic members committee have resigned in protest at the union’s decision to issue an apology to

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Equity apologises to Laurence Fox for tweets labelling him a ‘disgrace’ by Matthew Hemley

Equity has issued an apology to actor Laurence Fox for a series of tweets that labelled him a “disgrace” following his appearance

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