Lambeth and Southwark are both home to world leading theatres, and British theatre is one of our most successful exports abroad. I have been contacted by many constituents working in theatre and the performing arts.
Theatres and other performance venues in England receive very little public funding, unlike in other European countries, and rely on ticket sales to stay viable. With no clear date or plan to allow theatres to reopen, many performers, designers and technicians face the threat of redundancy.
At the beginning of the pandemic, I wrote to the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to call for immediate action to help theatres throughout the closure but little support has so far been announced.
Last week, I wrote again to urge the Minister to consider acting to ensure British theatre survives. You can see my letter here>>