The barbarians are not at the gate but actually in charge

European ‘Coronavirus’ emergency funding for the arts (approximate figures from various sources) currently stands at: France £6.5bn, Germany £900m, Italy £221m, Spain £68m, Ireland £18m and the UK – NIL. I’m ready to bet that the UK has the largest performing arts sector of any of these countries – indeed that may well be why… Read more

Dire news for theatres and bad news for the rest of us

Cameron Mackintosh, the theatre impresario, knows which side his bread is buttered. The Guardian reports that: Mackintosh, his producing partners and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres are starting a process of consultation over potential redundancies for all employees on the four productions. [  Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Hamilton and The Phantom of the Opera ] Mackintosh said that despite the government… Read more