Theatres will be among the last places to reopen after the coronavirus lockdown is lifted, meaning venues, actors and crews are fearing for their futures.The appeal of the theatre – cramming into an enclosed space with hundreds of strangers to share a communal experience – has suddenly become its greatest risk.Box office takings have dried up virtually overnight. Reopening with social distancing will not make financial sense. One venue, the Nuffield in Southampton, has already gone into administration.Below, four artistic directors discuss how and when they might reopen, and warn of dire consequences if income and funding dry up.’It’s almost impossible to socially distance a theatre’The theatre industry is badly wounded, according to Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah’s analogy. “Right now we’re at the tourniquet stage,” he says. “We’re trying to stem the bleeding.”Then we’re going to have to stand up, and then we’re going to have to run. And we’re going to need help at each stage in order to get back to – not even the way it was, but to get back to something that is sustainable and safe.”He believes the south London venue and others like it have enough money to keep going until the… Read full this story
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