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(New Musical Express)   British theatre is on the brink of collapse   (nme.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Theatre, Music, Performing arts, Harry Potter, United Kingdom, Play, British theatre, Sonia Friedman  
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699 clicks; posted to Entertainment » on 22 May 2020 at 4:27 PM (2 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2 days ago  
Yes, theatre is in a bad place. As a professor of theatre, I'm very worried
 
2 days ago  
I know what to do!  Let's put on a show!
 
2 days ago  
All theatre (and for that matter, all live performing arts) are on the brink of collapse.  And it's not going to get better any time soon, because ultimately live performance requires butts in seats, and those seats aren't going to get filled again unless and until public perception is that there's no longer a significant danger from being near to other people.  Note that public perception has nothing to do with fact, which in turn means it's most likely to be literally years after the vaccine is easily and widely available before audiences will return.

That's going to be 2023, or later, at the absolute best.  No performance company in the world can suck up laying fallow for 3 years.  The performance industry will have to be recreated from scratch, if it's recreated at all.

/all that is to say nothing of the fact that a whole lot of people are in hospitality or performance fields because they can't do other stuff.  If they were good at STEM, they'd be in STEM.  I'd guess probably 2/3rds of the people I know professionally are flatly incapable of doing any of the jobs which will be hiring over the next ~3 years.  They're certainly going to be flatly incapable of competing in the job market against people who have actual relevant job experience.
//Covid has cost me personally ~$56,000 in cancelled jobs so far this year, none of which is covered by any form of unemployment insurance, and is almost certain to shut down my company
 
2 days ago  
Friedman went on to describe the loss as "irrecoverable" and said "our arts and cultural organisations will have to spend their reserves until there is nothing left" if proper support is not provided.

So, like pretty much everyone else?
 
2 days ago  
Maybe some of the UKs many successful actors can contribute some of their wealth.
 
2 days ago  
The theater will always be there -- just not necessarily like it has been.  I mean, to survive the Plague, Oliver Cromwell, the Blitz, and the ungodly spate of "Rock Operas" that followed Jesus Christ Superstar, it's shown itself to be a lot more hearty that some people give it credit for.
 
2 days ago  
I'm a audio engineer at a publicly owned performing arts center, and they've had me on for twenty hours a week since the shutdown, doing maintenance work. All of our shows have been cancelled until October.  It's not looking good.
I have no idea how an orchestra will be able to perform, let alone how an audience can be seated.
 
2 days ago  
FTA:
British theatre is on the "brink of total collapse", one of the industry's leading producers has warned.


Looks at illustrative image with article.
Oh they've filing for creative bankruptcy i see.
 
2 days ago  

PvtStash: FTA:
British theatre is on the "brink of total collapse", one of the industry's leading producers has warned.


Looks at illustrative image with article.
Oh they've filing for creative bankruptcy i see.


In Hollywood, the best fiction is written in the accounting departments.
 
2 days ago  
I wonder about this. Not that I think all those people losing their jobs is good, but say all the theaters close and go out of business.

Eventually, people are going to be able to attend the theater again. And someone will open a theater. And the buildings that are theaters will continue to be theaters. And people who like to act and have been paid in the past to do that will be able to find work acting.

It sucks in the short run, but this isn't something that's going to vanish and never return.
 
2 days ago  
British theatre has survived being illegal.

Suck it up.
 
2 days ago  
Theatre is always on the brink of collapse...
 
2 days ago  
I'm surpris'd yond th're isn't any s'rt of gov'rnment funds f'r this lodging.  T wouldst seemeth to beest did regard as if 't be true t w're a national treasure.  But thee knoweth how the blinking idiot with the hair of a bird aery wouldn't giveth two defecations about such things
 
2 days ago  

JerkStore: I wonder about this. Not that I think all those people losing their jobs is good, but say all the theaters close and go out of business.

Eventually, people are going to be able to attend the theater again. And someone will open a theater. And the buildings that are theaters will continue to be theaters. And people who like to act and have been paid in the past to do that will be able to find work acting.

It sucks in the short run, but this isn't something that's going to vanish and never return.


That's true.  The same argument can be made for Staples and other companies that private equity loaded up with debt.  Let them purge the debt in bankruptcy and then raise wages and benefits.
 
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