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Lloyd- Web­ber fears fi­nal cur­tain

- By Paul Jeeves Andrew Lloyd Webber · London · United Kingdom · Edinburgh

BRI­TAIN’S com­mer­cial the­atre sec­tor can­not sur­vive the ex­tended shut- down mea­sures un­less the Gov­ern­ment “steps up to the plate”, An­drew Lloyd Web­ber warned.

The Phan­tom Of The Opera cre­ator, 72, said: “I don’t think com­mer­cial the­atre can sur­vive un­less the Gov­ern­ment does now step up to the plate and give it a lit­tle bit of help.

“I have no­ticed, in this coun­try, com­mer­cial the­atre has been way down the food chain as far as gov­ern­ments have been con­cerned. They’ll sup­port the film in­dus­try, they sup­port tele­vi­sion. Does the­atre get a look in? No.”

Lord Lloyd- Web­ber said it was “galling” that he demon­strated “the­atres can open com­pletely safely” with­out so­cial dis­tanc­ing in a pi­lot per­for­mance at the Lon­don Pal­la­dium in July.

Only a few the­atres have been able to re­open be­cause of the fi­nan­cial im­pli­ca­tions of so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Venues are wait­ing to dis­cover how much they will re­ceive in the first hand- out from the £ 1.57bil­lion arts res­cue pack­age. In­dus­try in­sid­ers say Bri­tain faces be­com­ing a “cul­tural waste­land” un­less sec­tor- spe­cific sup­port is granted

Yes­ter­day it was re­vealed that a pub­lic ap­peal to save 200 jobs at Ed­in­burgh the­atres had raised more than £ 50,000 in a week.

 ??  ?? Help needed… An­drew Lloyd Web­ber
Help needed… An­drew Lloyd Web­ber

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