Royal Shakespeare Company: job cuts due to program cancellation


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RSC hoped to resume performance by the end of the year but said that was no longer possible

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has canceled its theatrical productions until 2021 due to coronavirus.

The Stratford-upon-Avon production company said the social distancing measures meant it would not be able to host indoor performances.

He also announced staff layoffs and a consultation period with employees.

Outdoor events will continue, RSC said, adding that it would expand its online offering for the fall and winter months.


The theater troupe will continue the outdoor performances

“We had hoped things would have become more positive now,” said artistic director Gregory Doran and executive director Catherine Mallyon in a joint statement.

“We very much hope that the government review of social distancing measures in November will bring positive news for the industry and provide a timeline for the return of our spectators to our theaters. “

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Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, attracts up to six million visitors each year and the city’s tourism industry has been hit hard during the lockdown.

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Around 2,747,000 visits were made to Stratford-upon-Avon in 2018

In April, the Center for Progressive Policy think tank said it expected Stratford-upon-Avon to experience one of the UK’s biggest economic successes.

Since the start of the lockdown, the District Council has distributed over £ 32million in grants to small and medium-sized businesses.

The RSC, which has 750 employees, closed its theaters on March 17 and has not been able to reopen since.

He said he had to consider layoffs “to preserve the long-term future of the company”.

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