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The Play That Goes Wrong lives up to its name: how Tier 3 closed the last big theatre show standing

While the rest of British theatre was plunged into the doom and gloom of Tiers 3 or 4 before Christmas, miraculously, Theatre Royal Bath remained open. “Most of Somerset went into Tier 3 – somehow, Bath managed to stay in tier 2,” … Continue reading

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Manchester theatre head: Easter warnings are ‘frightening’

“The big frustration is that it’s really difficult to find a logic in all of this,” says Roy Alexander Weise, joint artistic director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, of the current situation facing his sector. Read my full … Continue reading

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The West End panto forced to move to Easter – if it can survive

Is Easter the new Christmas? Producer James Seabright certainly hopes so. His Potted Panto, a best-bits of compendium of seven different pantomimes, opened and then closed prematurely in the West End when London was put into Tier 3. So, he’s … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Fringe faces the future: why a 2021 cancellation would be a ‘national tragedy’

Looming on the horizon is a huge decision for the arts industry: whether or not to proceed with an in-person Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2021. The world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 featured more than 55,000 performances of 3,548 shows in … Continue reading

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Will the show go on – or not? How Tier 3 will affect London theatres into 2021

The Government’s decision to move London into Tier 3 is devastating for the capital’s theatres. Around 30 venues had reopened, with producers taking a major financial risk – only to be forced to close again, with ticket-holders losing out on their … Continue reading

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Why is Oliver Dowden ‘coming to the theatre one week and watching us close the next’?

London’s abrupt move into Tier 3, meaning that theatres have had to close their shows with very little notice, has decimated a slowly recovering sector. Producer Kenny Wax had just reopened his musical, SIX, at the Lyric Theatre in the … Continue reading

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‘There is no evidence at all of theatres spreading Covid’: fury in London at Tier 3

The lights will have to dim in the West End yet again, thanks to the Government’s decision to plunge the capital into Tier 3 – just as London’s theatres were beginning to reopen. Arts leaders are understandably apoplectic. Read my full Telegraph article here

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Can the Tate galleries survive in an era of mass Covid fear?

There are very few winners in the Government’s draconian new tier system, which has forced closures of arts venues in the new Tier 3 and placed capacity caps on those in Tiers 1 and 2. But Helen Legg, director of … Continue reading

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Grayson Perry’s uplifting lockdown art exhibition cancelled – thanks to lockdown

The new, more restrictive tier system has created a high-stakes national lottery for arts venues. Land in tier 3, and your luck is out: no galleries or museums are allowed to open at all. Read my full Telegraph article here

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‘They’re making up the rules as they go along’: the theatre producer trapped between tiers

The reveal of which areas are in which tier is “bittersweet” news for theatre producer Kenny Wax. He’s had two companies – one touring, one West End – rehearsing the musical SIX in adjacent rooms. Yesterday, the former group learnt their production won’t be opening as … Continue reading

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