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28 February - The Guardian view on a heritage culture war: stop weaponising history

Oliver Dowden should be championing museums and heritage charities, not stoking anger against them

 

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28 February - Theatre designer warns of obstacles for arts workers in Europe post-Brexit

Andrew Edwards urges government in open letter to reopen talks to renegotiate an EU-wide visa system for arts workers

 

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26 February - Hope Mill Theatre in lockdown: 'Our ambition is still there and it's driving us on'

In the latest in our series on how UK venues have coped during the pandemic, Joseph Houston of Manchester’s Hope Mill tells Chris Bartlett he was stunned by the generosity of its audiences and why he’s thrilled to be planning the return of live musicals

 

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26 February - Weddings, plays and football matches to test safe reopening after lockdown ends

Ministers are drawing up plans to use football matches, theatre performances, concerts and wedding receptions to trial the effects of opening the most difficult parts of the economy.

 

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26 February - Government's roadmap to reopening theatres: what to expect next

Venues, artists and producers are grappling with Monday’s news that venues might be able to open at capacity from the summer.

 

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26 February - New industry-wide alliance aims to protect theatre's future

Professional bodies representing theatre workers including lighting and sound designers, directors, stage managers and technicians have formed a campaigning alliance to protect the industry’s future.

 

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25 February - Edinburgh Festival on a knife-edge: ‘Scotland could lose one of its biggest cultural treasures’

Without substantial support, the world’s largest arts festival won’t take place north of the border in 2021. Might it migrate to London?

 

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25 February - Deploy culture and spectacle to bring people back to the high street

Give families just one good reason to walk (not drive) regularly through their town centres. Rebirth will follow

 

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25 February - CFT and Northern Stage receive share of £100k for sustainability work

Chichester Festival Theatre, Northern Stage and the Marlowe in Canterbury are among five organisations granted a share of £100,000 to help them become more environmentally sustainable.

 

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25 February - The Alliance Of Associations and Professionals In Theatre & Live Events Launches Not Here All Year Campaign

From 9th March, AAPTLE will be sharing freelancers’ photographs of venues in the days ahead of the closure and throughout the last year.

 

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25 February - Travis Alabanza: ‘Theatre matters when it’s used as a tool to speak back’

Our How theatre will rebuild series will bring you a new conversation each day about why the future of theatre matters

 

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25 February - Theatres win extension to Culture Recovery Fund grants until June reopenings

Theatres in England are able to extend grants awarded in the first round of the Culture Recovery Fund, which will allow them to use the money until the end of June, Arts Council England has confirmed.

 

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24 February - National Theatre says it hopes to 'resume performances as soon as possible' after roadmap news

The National Theatre has said it “remains committed to resuming performances as soon as possible” with social distancing, after Monday’s roadmap announcement.

 

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24 February - Why West End theatre audiences ‘are champing at the bit’ to return

Nica Burns and Eleanor Lloyd, who’ve worked on shows like Emilia and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, are full of hope for the year to come

 

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24 February - The West End Will Be Al Fresco

After Boris has unveiled his roadmap to reopen the economy after the pandemic, with outdoor dining starting on April 12, and theatres the following month, the West End is ready to be transformed again.

 

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24 February - BECTU chief urges chancellor to extend support schemes until theatres open fully

Entertainment union BECTU has written to chancellor Rishi Sunak to urge him to extend the furlough and self-employment support schemes until lockdown is fully lifted, to protect the live performance sector.

 

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24 February - Why can't outdoor theatre return earlier than indoor?

There was cause for optimism on Monday with the publishing of the UK’s roadmap back to some sort of normality.

Naturally a plethora of caveats applied to each step – the need to keep infection rates down to prevent overwhelming medical services, as well as the continuation of a sturdy vaccination scheme set to help immunise the wider population.

 

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24 February - Drama schools welcome return of face-to-face teaching

Drama schools in England can return to face-to-face teaching from March 8 under the government’s roadmap plans, performing arts training bodies have confirmed.

 

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24 February - Devastating, unviable, admin overload: UK stage companies count cost of Brexit

New visa rules, taxes and transport restrictions are some of the hurdles British dance and theatre organisations must now overcome to tour Europe

 

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23 February - Prospect of spring awakening gives theatre cause for wary optimism

The government’s roadmap gives the theatre industry cause for cautious optimism, says Alistair Smith – but until venues reopen fully, producers and freelancers must be supported to ensure there are shows to put on.

 

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23 February - West End warns stages may not reopen until months after May 17 roadmap date

Theatregoers have been warned that many West End stages may not reopen until months after the May 17 date announced by the Prime Minister.

 

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23 February - Six West End venues to open 'as soon as possible' with social distancing, owner Nica Burns says

Nimax Theatres owner Nica Burns has revealed she will open up her venues as soon as possible with social distancing.

 

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23 February - Roadmap to recovery

BBC London News piece on roadmap impact on London culture, including focus on Royal Albert Hall, and Eleanor Lloyd interview:

 

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23 February - Reopening dates: theatre’s response to the government roadmap

As a timeline for when theatres and other live events venues may be able to reopen, The Stage news team rounds up what theatre figures including Nica Burns, Natalie Ibu and Rebecca Kane Burton think of the proposals

 

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23 February - If Covid rates keep declining, it’s finally good news for our theatres

The roadmap, writes the Almeida’s artistic director, is transformative – it’s time to recover the intimacy of our small cultural venues

 

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23 February - UK government to conduct review of vaccine passports for entering venues such as theatres

The Prime Minister has revealed that minister Michael Gove will lead an investigation into the use of vaccine passports.

Speaking this morning, Boris Johnson has highlighted that “deep and complex” issues exist around the introduction of such verification – and that Gove will examine the “best scientific, moral, philosophical, ethical viewpoints”.

 

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23 February - Stand up for the right to work across Europe – it’s a common-sense issue

Brexit shouldn’t prevent UK arts workers from continuing to earn a living in Europe, says Rob Halliday – we must join forces to demand urgent government action

 

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22 February - Theatres will reopen in May – but limited to half capacity under coronavirus roadmap

A maximum of 1,000 theatre-goers will be allowed to attend as restrictions on indoor events remain the strictest

 

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22 February - Theatres may be able to reopen this summer – everything you need to know

This afternoon has been a game-changer for the theatre world. While not providing concrete plans, they have given a rough ball-park for the industry to aim for, all while vaccines continue to be rolled out across England.

 

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22 February - Theatre leaders ‘cautiously welcome’ Boris Johnson’s roadmap

Theatre leaders have welcomed plans to allow theatres to reopen as early as May 17, but have called for greater clarity on guidelines and for more financial support to help venues while they remain closed.

 

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22 February - Government announces Events Research Programme to pilot performances without social distancing

The Government has unveiled a new programme to pilot non-socially distanced shows ahead of easing restrictions for stage shows and events.

 

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22 February - Theatres allowed to reopen in May, Boris Johnson announces

Theatres in England will be allowed to reopen, with some restrictions, from May, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced.

 

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22 February - English theatres may able to run without social distancing in June, Prime Minister announces

Boris Johnson has said that theatres may be able to open without social contact restrictions from 21 June.

Johnson was quick to highlight that this will be largely down to whether or not conditions are met, and may have to occur in tandem with rapid testing or other mitigation measures. Restrictions on large events may also be lifted at the same time.

 

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22 February - Prime Minister: English theatres able to reopen in May if tests are met

Theatres and cinemas look set to resume performances with social distancing later this year.

 

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22 February - Scottish culture secretary joins calls for UK to renegotiate EU touring rules

Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop has added her voice to growing calls for the UK government to negotiate visa-free access for artists and other creative professionals touring to the EU post-Brexit.

 

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22 February - At a time of desperate need, theatres overlook local talent at their peril

We talk a great deal about community in theatre. But, of course, theatres serve many communities in many different ways. One of those is the community of freelance actors and creatives who gather around a theatre, who share its geography. It’s a great pleasure to see different actors when going to Manchester or Bristol or Glasgow..

 

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21 February - Equity must defend members’ interests

Tam Dean Burn says he and many other members of the union for actors and other creative workers have no confidence in the leadership of their Brexit-supporting general secretary

 

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20 February - Mark Rylance on the future of theatre, time with family and saving the planet

The actor speaks about how the pandemic is an opportunity to spend time with family and think about our impact on the planet

 

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19 February - Carlos Acosta: ‘There’s a danger we’ll lose a whole generation of young dancers’

The Cuban star talks about his battle to lift spirits at the Birmingham Royal Ballet and the film he has made to rally performers as their stages stay dark

 

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19 February - Audience confidence knocked by lockdown and new variants, survey suggests

Confidence levels among theatre audiences have hit an “inevitable low point”, with social distancing and vaccination now more important than ever to potential ticket buyers, according to new research.

 

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19 February - How performers lost out in ‘eye for an eye’ Brexit talks

No one expected a pitch-perfect Brexit trade deal — but musicians are demanding to know why the two sides were so out of tune on visa-free travel.

Artists are proving to be the first casualty in what one British official called “an unholy war” on labor mobility between the EU and the U.K. that ultimately saw both sides put politics before people, according to officials familiar with the negotiations.

 

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18 February - Almost half of live events companies fear closure by summer without support

Nearly half of businesses in the live events sector do not expect to survive beyond the summer, according to a new survey that highlights the plight of the companies within it.

 

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18 February - London Mayor announces multi-million pound initiative to help safely reopen central London

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a “major new campaign to promote a return to central London’s hospitality, retail and cultural districts”.

 

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18 February - Risky business: how will we know when it’s ‘safe’ to return to theatres?

Even before Covid, enjoying the arts meant taking a calculated risk, says arts consultant James Doeser. But the pandemic has raised the wider issue – and the stakes – as to how we balance health and enjoyment

 

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17 February - National Theatre to halt Europe tours over Brexit rules

The National Theatre is shelving plans to tour productions to mainland Europe due to uncertainty over work permits because of Brexit.

Before travelling to work in a number of EU countries, many working in the arts will now need to apply for short-term work permits.

 

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17 February - Paule Constable: ‘My career was built on working in Europe - we need a solution’

Olivier award-winning lighting designer Paule Constable has told MPs she would not have built the career she has today without working in Europe, as she urged the government to resolve the “absolute chaos” surrounding EU working arrangements.

 

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17 February - Andrew Lloyd Webber improves ventilation at his theatres (and installs more toilets) to ensure they are Covid safe when venues are allowed to reopen

Andrew Lloyd Webber has improved the ventilation in his theatres to ensure the safety of customers when venues reopen.

The theatre impresario, 72, who is hoping the curtain will be lifted on the West End in May, has also installed 167 new toilets at his portfolio of properties.

 

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17 February - The National Theatre Halts 'Financially Unviable' Post-Brexit Europe Tour Plans

The National Theatre says it can no longer afford to put on blockbuster shows including ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ in the European Union because of Brexit.

 

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