30 September - We are still in Act II of a long, three-act play
With new restrictions on the horizon and extensions to the furlough and self-employed schemes looking unlikely, it could be some time before we move to performances under Stage Five of the reopening roadmap
30 September - National Theatre and RSC awarded share of £2.5m to protect arts learning
Bristol Old Vic, the Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s National Theatre and London’s Unicorn Theatre are among 66 arts organisations to be given emergency funding to safeguard their community and education work during the pandemic.
30 September - 'Panto parade' highlights the plight of arts venues
Dozens of pantomime dames have marched on Westminster, as part of a day of action highlighting the plight of the live events industry.
The parade was organised after the rise in coronavirus cases prompted the cancellation of the 2020 panto season.
30 September - The time has come for theatre to show its teeth
As the government repeatedly shows its disregard for the future of theatre and its workforce, Alistair Smith says venues should turn off the lights and show how soulless city centres around the UK would be without them
30 September - Performing arts donations from individuals down 63% on 2019 – report
29 September - Government accused of 'ripping the heart' out of UK night-time economy
The government has been accused of abandoning the night-time and theatre sectors with its winter economy plan, which critics say will usher in a wave of mass redundancies and venue closures before the end of 2020.
29 September - Royal Albert Hall announces festive season to protect jobs
29 September - The Mousetrap postpones West End return over Covid uncertainty
The Mousetrap has postponed its imminent return to the West End over fears of future Covid restrictions.
Agatha Christie’s whodunnit, which first played in London over 67 years ago, was meant to be presented with no touching and social distancing on stage.
29 September - Improved working conditions would be something to celebrate, not Brexit
If the government wants to recapture the optimism of the 2012 Olympics, says Catherine Kodicek, £120 million towards fairer working structures might be a better gesture than a misguided ’Festival of Brexit’
28 September - £7m Covid 'lifeline' for Welsh TV and arts freelancers who will be asked for a big favour in return
Freelancers working in the Welsh arts, cultural and TV sectors are to share a £7m fund set up to help those hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Cultural Recovery Fund will provide a safety net following recent reports that over a third of freelancers in the sector do not have enough money to live on.
A separate initiative, a Freelancers’ Pledge, is also being drawn up so that creative types can help redesign hospitals and town centres as Wales recovers from the pandemic.
28 September - Culture Secretary: Reopening of theatres has "stalled" given rise in number of cases
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden was quizzed by Andrew Marr this weekend about the state of the arts during the ongoing pandemic.
Dowden batted away Marr’s points about the fact that a large part of the arts workforce has yet to receive any form of specific aid, having found themselves ineligible for the SEISS initiative to support self-employed workers.
He also went on the defensive about the fact that the regularly trumpeted £1.57bn package has yet to be distributed to either smaller or larger arts organisations, with many of the biggest arts employers unlikely to see any form of financial assistance before December.
28 September - Only a third of independent companies received emergency funding – survey
28 September - When we rebuild our creative industries, diversity and representation must be key
The UK’s creative industries were already an unequal playing field before Covid-19 struck – with an uncertain future and high levels of self-employment, we must ensure that all stories can be told
28 September - Empty seats symbolise lost audiences, but also talent leaving theatre forever
The #TakeASeat initiative at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum theatre is a powerful evocation of what theatregoers are missing and a haunting reminder of the freelancers who are being forced out of the industry
27 September - 'There will be positives': artistic directors on theatre's terrible year
26 September - 'Theatre isn't optional — it's fundamental': London's theatre leaders on what they need from the government
26 September - People are theatre’s biggest asset; it’s time to start valuing them
25 September - The Government seems brazenly willing to discard Britain’s mental health
Theatre has been viable for thousands of years. Yesterday’s announcement from the Chancellor that our industry is not viable (whatever that means) represents an almighty blow and is, frankly, a huge insult to the theatre industry, one of this country’s most financially successful and emotionally essential sectors of the economy.
25 September - Sonia Friedman: The Chancellor's announcement was 'a huge insult to the theatre industry'
Producer Sonia Friedman, responsible for some of the most gargantuan hits in the West End including The Book of Mormon and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, has spoken out against the new employment schemes announced yesterday by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.
24 September - Not 'viable'? Rishi Sunak just told our entire creative industry to get another job
24 September - 'It will not be enough' – the arts sector responds to the Chancellor's new job support scheme
Industry leaders have responded to the Chancellor’s new schemes to help support workers through the coronavirus pandemic after the furlough initiative is dropped at end of October.
The existence of both the newly configured Jobs Support Scheme and amended SEISS (to help the self-employed) were commended, though the policies themselves were far from favourably received, being described as a “devastating blow” and leaving “many hundreds of thousands of workers in events, arts and cultural parts of the economy with a grim future.”
24 September - SEISS announcement is “woefully inadequate”. Government must do more for the self-employed, especially forgotten freelancers who face “dark winter ahead”
IPSE has responded to the announcement that the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme is being extended at 20 per cent of earnings. IPSE has said that although it is right to extend the scheme, in its current form it is “woefully inadequate”, particularly as it still excludes one in three self-employed people, such as limited company directors and the newly self-employed.
24 September - Chancellor accused of neglecting arts community in latest round of Covid support
The chancellor has been accused of neglecting theatre and the arts in the new support schemes announced today, with industry figures claiming government has “once again overlooked their needs”
24 September - Robust action by government needed now to prevent culture sector from collapse
The DCMS Committee is urging the government to take immediate action to enable the cultural and sporting sectors to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
It is calling on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to use the pause created by the latest Covid-19 restrictions, to implement a number of recommendations that would enable venues and stadiums, to plan a return of audiences to capacity when it is safe to do so.
23 September - Creative industries' recovery must not focus solely on London, researchers warn
23 September - ATG suspends all 2020 pantomimes until next year
Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) has suspended all of its pantomime productions until 2021, it has been confirmed.
The group owns a large number of venues across the UK, often some of the biggest in their respective cities.
23 September - MIF pledges to help 10,000 unemployed young people into creative industries
23 September - Royal Ballet announces October comeback with 100 dancers
One of the largest dance performances to happen anywhere in the world since the coronavirus pandemic began has been announced featuring the full company of the Royal Ballet – and while it will be socially distanced, there will be dance duets thanks to couples in bubbles.
23 September - Theatre risks losing a generation of writers – we had to try something new
Artistic director Kate Wasserberg explains how Out of Joint has questioned its purpose in the face of the Covid crisis and responded with Stockroom, a radical restructure designed to be put artists at the heart of its organisation
22 September - Live theatre able to continue with social distancing, though measures expected for six months
Venues will remain open with social distancing in place, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced with further confirmation by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Johnson stated that, despite new restrictions being put in place from Thursday, rules are “by no means a return to the full lockdown from March.”
22 September - Ambassador Theatre Group Suspends All Performances Through 27 November
As a result of ongoing social distancing restrictions, Ambassador Theatre Group has now suspended all performances at its UK venues until Friday 27 November 2020.
If you have made a booking that is affected by this suspension, you do not need to do anything. ATG is currently contacting customers whose original tickets were for performances up to 18 October. Customers booked for remaining performances will be contacted in the week commencing 5 October.
22 September - Amateur theatre and choirs no longer exempt from rule of six in England, Culture Secretary reveals
Amateur theatre productions and choirs will not be allowed if they have more than six individuals involved under new Covid restrictions, it has been announced.
These groups had previously been exempt from “the rule of six” brought in in England by the UK government to limit social gatherings. From Thursday however, they will have to abide by these rules, as amateur sports teams are set to do.
22 September - Third of British musicians may quit industry amid pandemic
21 September - ATG lays off further 500 staff as it prepares for 2021 reopenings
21 September - Garfield Weston Foundation launches £25m Covid culture fund
21 September - Salford's Lowry theatre to stage real-life legal dramas as makeshift court
Two theatres in The Lowry arts centre in Salford are being converted into makeshift courtrooms to help clear the current backlog of cases.
It’s one of the latest venues to be taken over as a so-called Nightingale Court by the Ministry of Justice.
21 September - Creatives including Shelley Maxwell set up production company
21 September - The next act: how the pandemic is shaping online theatre's future
21 September - This crisis is a chance to reset theatre subsidy and support artists directly
20 September - What to expect at a socially distanced night at the theatre
It has been six months since actors trod the boards of theatres across the country but finally the curtains are ready to go up.
A growing number of shows have been announced both in London and around the country. But how does a socially distanced night out at the theatre work? And if theatres can’t fit as many people in as they did pre-pandemic, does that mean tickets are more expensive?
18 September - Panto dames to march on Westminster in call for action to save theatre
18 September - Most UK arts organisations hope to present in-person shows by December – report
18 September - Westminster Council reveals plans for open-air festival featuring West End shows, ENO and more
Westminster City Council has revealed plans to host a series of arts experiences for visitors in early October.
As part of their “Inside Out” festival, the area will mount open-air performances from West End musicals, the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, and the Royal Philharmonic Brass Ensemble, as well as an open-air gallery on the National Gallery’s north terrace on Trafalgar Square.
17 September - Pay freeze and lay-off clause in Covid-19 contract changes for backstage workers
Backstage workers will see their pay frozen and have contracts that provide for lay-offs in relation to further Covid-19 restrictions, under temporary contract changes aimed at getting the industry “back on its feet”
17 September - Nuffield Southampton Theatres venue to reopen following takeover by Mayflower Theatres Trust
The Nuffield Southampton Theatres’ city venue will reopen under new management and with a new name, it has been revealed.
The Studio 144 building, which houses a variety of spaces, will look to welcome visitors from next spring after a takeover was approved this week.
17 September - Post-Covid, resilient critics can prove their worth in the theatre ecology
Reviewers have always performed the function of providing a physical link between a potential attendee and a show. Andrzej Lukowski says that now, with audiences stuck at home, these strange times still need documenting
17 September - The Mousetrap announces West End casts for socially distanced run
The Mousetrap, the world’s longest-running show, has announced a cast for its return to the West End.
Agatha Christie’s whodunnit, which first played in London over 67 years ago, will be presented with no touching and social distancing on stage. The theatre will take additional COVID-19 precuations backstage and in the St Martin’s Theatre auditorium, where every other row will be removed to accommodate socially distanced audiences of 200. The measures are in accordance with stage four of the Government’s Road Map for the return of live theatre and music.
17 September - National Theatre announces plans for reopening, including a pantomime
The National Theatre have announced they will be reopening to audiences on the 21 October, with Death Of England: Delroy and for one year only, a pantomime will be taking the stage, oh yes it is (sorry!).
In preparation for their reopening, the Olivier theatre is to be significantly remodelled in order to stage a season of performances in-the-round, which will achieve an audience capacity of almost 500 while maintaining social distancing for audiences.