The producer Cameron Mackintosh, its producer partners and its group, Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, said Hamilton, The phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins and Les misérableswould “as soon as possible in 2021”.
The company said that she spoke to the staff of “layoffs”potential.
Mackintosh, one of the largest and richest producers of theatre of Great Britain, said that the decision was “heartbreaking” and criticized the government of prime minister Boris Johnson for not having offered to the producers of the stage ” no support practical tangible beyond the offerings of debt, what I don’t want to do. ”
He said that “the inability of the government to say when the constraints are impossible social distancing will be lifted and we can also plan properly regardless of the new future”.
Music, theatre, art, design, architecture, and publishing generate billions for the british economy each year, but the clubs, theaters, cinemas, concert halls and art galleries in the country have closed their doors in march in the framework of a lockout national slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The shops and outdoor spaces such as zoos are now beginning to reopen, but the indoor venues are closed due to the rules of social distancing, which require that people remain at two meters (6 ½ feet) of one another.
The government says it is reviewing the rule of distance under the pressure of retailers, restaurateurs and others to be reduced to one metre (three feet).
The government has set the date for the reopening of pubs and restaurants, the 4th of July, but the secretary of Culture, Oliver Dowden, has recognized that”it will be extremely difficult” to open the theatres.
Dowden said during a press conference that he plans to bring together representatives of theatres, choirs and orchestras with medical experts in the course of the next week to work on a “roadmap” for fail-safe performance.
A study published Wednesday by the research firm Oxford Economics predicted that the creative industries of the Uk could lose 74 billion pounds ($93 million) of revenue this year and a fifth of 2 million jobs in the creative sector in the Uk could disappear.
The director-general Caroline Norbury of the Federation of the creative industries, which lobbied for the arts and culture, said that “without government support additional, we’re heading for a cultural catastrophe”.
“Thousands of creative companies in the world-renowned should close their doors, hundreds of thousands of jobs will be lost and billions will be lost to our economy,” she said.
Norbury and other leaders of the cultural sector have called on the government to put in place a “fund for the cultural renewal” and to continue to support programs that have supported the self-employed workers and workers on leave during the lockdown. The Treasury intends to reduce the programs over the next few months.
A letter to the government signed by almost 100 theatre artists, including actors James McAvoy and Wendell Pierce, and the creator of “Fleabag” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has warned that ” the british theatre is on the brink of ruin.”
“The pandemic has brought the theatre to its knees,” says the letter. “The theatres don’t have the money to operate in a viable manner with the physical distance. It is difficult to see places open before the end of the year. ”
Dowden has stated that the government was looking for “what additional support we can bring” to the arts.
“I know that many of our theatres, our concert halls and performing arts are vital to our cultural ecosystem in the broad sense”, he said. “Culture is our business card. “