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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Coronavirus: Old Vic will need ‘critical’ fundraising, warns Matthew Warchus by Matthew Hemley

Old Vic artistic director Matthew Warchus has revealed plans to reopen the venue in November, but has warned that “a critical and

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Coronavirus: Octagon Theatre forced to delay reopening following £10m redevelopment by Matthew Hemley

The reopening of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre following a £10 million redevelopment has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving the organisation

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Coronavirus: London fringe theatre feeds vulnerable local people by Matthew Hemley

West London venue the Playground Theatre has begun to make free meals for local elderly and vulnerable people while its doors are

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Coronavirus: Seyi Omooba tribunal postponed as lockdown continues by Matthew Hemley

A tribunal being brought against Curve Theatre in Leicester by Seyi Omooba – the performer removed from a production of The Color

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Coronavirus: Eight in 10 receiving houses need extra support to survive – survey by Matthew Hemley

Almost eight out of 10 receiving theatres across the UK will need further government support to survive if lockdown measures continue beyond

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Friday, April 10, 2020

Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon cast in Frozen musical by Matthew Hemley

Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon have been cast as Elsa and Anna in the stage version of Disney’s Frozen. The musical previews

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Thursday, April 9, 2020

Coronavirus: Lloyd Webber warns theatres likely to be closed until end of September by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber has warned that theatres are likely to remain closed until the end of September. He said forecasts that venues

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Coronavirus: Kander and Ebb’s Curtains to be streamed online in support of Fund for Freelancers by Matthew Hemley

Curtains, starring Jason Manford, is to be streamed online to raise money for a fund aimed at helping freelances. The Kander and

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Coronavirus: Greater Manchester arts organisations link up to support freelances by Matthew Hemley

Arts organisations across Greater Manchester – including the Royal Exchange Theatre, Home and the Lowry – have joined together to support freelances

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Coronavirus: Original Mamma Mia! stars perform tribute to fellow cast member battling Covid-19 by Matthew Hemley

Original Mamma Mia! stars have reunited to make a video for a former cast member who is battling Covid-19 in hospital. Performers

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Pay deals reached for actors and stage management during closures by Matthew Hemley

A series of pay agreements to support performers and stage managers during the period of theatre closures has been agreed with union

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Friday, April 3, 2020

Coronavirus: Oxford Playhouse launches commissioning fund to support artists by Matthew Hemley

Oxford Playhouse has revealed a new programme of work to encourage creativity during the coronavirus outbreak, including the launch of a new

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Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to be streamed on YouTube by Matthew Hemley

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals are to be screened on a new YouTube channel called The Shows Must Go On. The concept is

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Coronavirus: LW Theatres commits to paying staff and confirms no planned redundancies by Matthew Hemley

LW Theatres has committed to paying all staff – including those employed on a show-by-show basis – and has confirmed no redundancies

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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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