28 February - London vs regions approach to 'levelling up' is reductive – theatre bosses
Theatre leaders across England have warned that the strategy to divert arts funding away from London risks pitting the capital against the rest of the country and does not reflect the industry’s complex and “symbiotic” ecosystem.
28 February - ACE funding must be rebalanced – but the issue is complex and painful
Access to the theatre is limited by many factors and a significant one is where you live. Even if you can surmount other barriers – the cost of tickets, the feeling this may be a club to which you don’t belong – you are not going to have access to theatre unless it is readily available near you.
25 February - Government urged to keep free lateral flow tests for live performance workers
24 February - Sadiq Khan: London arts funding cut a devastating blow to capital's creative sector
London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that the government’s decision to cut arts funding in the capital by more than £70 million will deliver a “devastating blow” to the city’s creative sector.
24 February - UK theatres to retain Covid measures despite guidance changes
23 February - London theatres face cuts as ACE told to address ‘historic imbalance’
Arts Council England has been told by government to reduce its funding of London-based organisations by more than £70 million over the next three years and divert investment to areas that have been traditionally underserved.
23 February - Culture Minister announces 'the biggest shake-up in arts funding for a generation' with 80 new NPOs
Culture Minister Nadine Dorries has unveiled her plans for “the biggest shake-up in arts funding for a generation”, with “plans to increase and better distribute funding for the sector to previously overlooked or neglected areas”.
23 February - Mental-health strain ‘forcing theatre marketers out of the industry’
Theatre marketers have warned that mental health strain from managing social media during the pandemic combined with a pressure to innovate to encourage audiences back is forcing workers to leave the sector.
22 February - Rufus Norris: Netflix and Amazon are keeping stars out of the National Theatre
22 February - How to remain inclusive whilst living with Covid
21 February - Uncertainty over NPO timelines as Arts Council awaits government confirmation
Arts Council England has delayed opening applications for its forthcoming national portfolio organisation funding round, as it awaits information from the government about its own settlement.
21 February - The pandemic nearly killed theatre – the creative way it fought back could leave it stronger
When the UK went into lockdown in 2020, its multibillion-pound theatre industry could have ceased to exist. However, the vacuum caused by this physical shutdown served in many cases as a spurring force for increased creativity and resourcefulness.
21 February - Subsidy doesn’t just mean funding theatres – it supports creatives too
As one of the lucky few who managed, after falling through the cracks of government assistance during the pandemic, to make the transition from theatre to film and TV, it’s been a nostalgic pleasure these past few weeks to be back in a theatre building.
19 February - Mark Morris tells the hard truth about what it means to be an artist today: ‘Everything’s terrible right now’
17 February - Box-office losses are only part of theatre’s Covid woes
16 February - What it's like to be a COVID compliance officer in a Broadway theater
With the continued waves of COVID-19, the 41 theaters that make up Broadway have become their own battlefields, combating the virus with a crucial line of defense: COVID Compliance Teams. Thrust to the frontlines, these teams hold the heavy burden of ensuring a safe environment for audiences and theater workers alike.
16 February - 1,670 Theatre Workers Given Emergency Financial Aid In Latest Round Of Theatre Artists Fund Grants
The Theatre Artists Fund has delivered 1,670 emergency grants in a seventh round of giving, providing vital aid to freelance theatre workers impacted by the recent Covid surge and subsequent show cancellations.
16 February - Telling our stories
16 February - 'Dreadful storm' – Covid's assault on theatre finances revealed
16 February - The ‘culture wars’ are a distraction from issues like Brexit – but it is all Oliver Dowden has to give
15 February - British dance post-pandemic, Pissarro, Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton
15 February - Government department to open new 'hub' in Manchester city centre creating up to 400 jobs
14 February - Government urged to invest more in arts R&D amid claims sector is neglected
14 February - BUSINESSES URGED TO APPLY FOR LEFTOVER GOVERNMENT COVID SUPPORT GRANTS
14 February - 2022 brings yet more challenges – to win we need to aim bigger and better
Another new year, another deluge of miserable news. Whether it’s lost battles on the taxation of Self-Employment Income Support or birthday parties at Number 10, 2022 carries on the form of its recent predecessors.
11 February - Commercial theatre companies report Covid revenue losses of up to 90%
Commercial companies including Ambassador Theatre Group and HQ Theatres have revealed massive losses they incurred to March 2021, with theatre closures leading to 90% falls in revenue in some instances.
09 February - West End's Mamma Mia! to hold equality training after discrimination claim
08 February - It’s time for radical thinking around programme development and finance
Last month, arts leaders across England eagerly began the application process for inclusion in the national portfolio of Arts Council England. From about 900 existing NPOs in England to hundreds of others seeking inclusion, competition will be fierce.
08 February - RSC's Jacqui O'Hanlon: We need to oppose devaluing of arts in schools
08 February - Unesco warns of crisis in creative sector with 10m jobs lost due to pandemic
03 February - Keir Starmer: Government has failed creatives over Brexit touring crisis
03 February - Act now or risk losing London theatre forever – report
West End theatres are at risk of being lost forever without greater collaboration between venue operators, councils and other policymakers, according to a new report that calls for urgent action to protect the future of London’s venues
03 February - How Covid brought new roles for Singapore's theatre actors
One sector that has battled to keep the show on the road during the pandemic has been the theatre industry, partly because it’s hard to translate the drama of stage plays to an online platform. However, one production company in Singapore has found an innovative way to put itself back in the spotlight.
03 February - All additional ACE funding to be spent outside London
Arts Council England will spend all its budget uplift outside of London, the government has announced in its ’levelling up’ white paper.
The government plan, published on February 2, aims to spread social, economic and cultural opportunity more equally across the UK.
03 February - As SOLT seeks a new chief, now is the time for big changes
Producer Michael Rose says the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre are in the impossible position of representing two very different sectors – and Covid has shown that the commercial sector desperately needs a powerful legislative body.
02 February - Theresa May urges her local council to drop plan to abolish arts funding
02 February - Tarek Iskander: Pandemic revealed essential nature of work with communities
The pandemic has laid bare the importance of theatre work with communities and young people, Battersea Arts Centre artistic director Tarek Iskander and Company Three’s Ned Glasier have said.
02 February - The Lion King tour company experience racial abuse when leaving venue
02 February - Nadine Dorries to publish 'vision' for creative sector's future
Culture secretary Nadine Dorries has announced plans to publish an “ambitious” vision for the creative industries, setting out how it can become more inclusive, sustainable and community driven.
02 February - 10 theatres added to 2022 Theatres at Risk Register
01 February - Campaign to offer 2-for-1 regional theatre tickets to National Lottery players
More than 150,000 theatre tickets will be subsidised by £2 million National Lottery money as part of a major new campaign to encourage the public to support local theatres as they recover from the pandemic.