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Can the­atres sur­vive?

- Arts · Theatre · Theatre & Ballet · The Great Gatsby · London · Aristophanes · Cavendish, VT

sir – Do­minic Cavendish (Arts, Oc­to­ber 2) re­lated his ex­pe­ri­ence of The Great Gatsby at Im­mer­sive LDN and sug­gested that this is the tem­plate for Covid-safe the­atre.

Mr Cavendish is right. At The Space, a fringe venue in east London, we have just fin­ished our run of Aristo­phanes’ Ploutos. This rum­bus­tious and en­gag­ing pro­duc­tion gained con­sis­tent five-star re­views while play­ing to sell-out, so­cially dis­tanced au­di­ences of 30 ev­ery night (with a tick­eted livestream for Fri­day’s per­for­mance).

Our next pro­duc­tion, That Was All, starts on Thurs­day and runs through­out Oc­to­ber, and we are wel­com­ing 40 peo­ple per night. All the safety mea­sures adopted by the Gatsby team will be used here, too. The de­light of au­di­ences get­ting back to the the­atre is pal­pa­ble.

Is it vi­able? Barely. Do we wait in ner­vous hope for the Cul­tural Re­cov­ery Fund awards to be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 12? Yes. Do we be­lieve that the­atre will sur­vive? Yes – with the en­thu­si­asm that au­di­ences are show­ing. Whether at Im­mer­sive LDN, The Bridge, re­gional the­atres or here at The Space, the show will go on. An­drew Straw

Trea­surer, The Space The­atre London E14

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