We welcome the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s announcement of business grants and a £30 million top-up to the Culture Recovery Fund. This is a clear signal that the Chancellor and HM Treasury understand the challenges facing our theatres and other cultural businesses.
Whilst the new funding is most welcome, it is now crucial that DCMS works with the theatre sector to ensure it is targeted to those businesses and individuals that need it most, including those currently ineligible for the CRF (Emergency Resource Grant). If the situation continues to escalate further assistance will be needed.
We want to say to you, our audiences, that we are so grateful to all who continue to champion our theatres and help our industry survive, providing a lifeline to the countless talented performers and staff around the country working tirelessly to keep the curtain raised.
During this festive period – always a crucial time for the health of our industry – we urge the public to keep booking tickets if they are able to do and enjoy some much-needed respite in these difficult times. Our theatres are operating under industry-wide See it Safely measures, and full refunds or exchanges will always be offered if a performance is cancelled.
Remember to visit our TKTS page for the latest information on shows available each day, which can be booked on-the-day or head to your local theatre’s website for up-to-date information.