Signatories, along with 60 other names, including Annilese Miskimmon (artistic director, English National Opera); Catherine Mallyon (executive director, Royal Shakespeare Company); Neil Constable (chief executive, Shakespeare’s Globe); Oliver Mears (director of opera, Royal Opera House); and Michelle Cawardine-Palmer (executive director, Kneehigh) have called on the Government to allow the outdoor performing arts to spearhead the sector’s return at the earliest opportunity.
The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company will receive £19.7 million and £19.4 million loans respectively from the Culture Recovery Fund.
Responding to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic and the direct impact on the RSC, artistic director Gregory Doran and executive director Catherine Mallyon have confirmed that RSC theatres will not reopen for full productions before 2021.
Due to the continuing lockdown, alongside Government advice that social distancing will need to remain in place for some time, the Company has made the difficult decision to postpone all remaining planned performances.
The Royal Shakespeare Company has announced its decision to conclude its partnership with BP at the end of this year. BP have supported the RSC’s £5 ticket scheme for 16 to 25 year olds since 2013. Talking about the decision, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “Over many months we have listened to a wide and varied range of voices …