Support theatres and the arts industry

Support theatres and the arts industry

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Georgina Nethercott-Akers started this petition to UK Parliament

This pandemic has affected everyone, but it is theatres and the arts industry that are not receiving as much support as they should. While pubs, restaurants, etc, are all able to slowly reopen again in the coming months, but Oliver Dowden has suggested that theatres reopen without live performances, which I believe is not a good suggestion, as most shows rely on ticket sales to stay open and continue running. Theatres make up a large percentage of the UK's revenue, and hundreds, maybe thousands, of people are currently out of work. If theatres aren't supported, that part of the economy could suffer.

The government can help support the industry by donating more money to the arts industry. We've all been clapping for our courageous NHS workers and many others who have been on the frontlines during this pandemic. But now, our Prime Minister wants us to clap for bankers. But how about supporting the arts industry instead? The National Theatre recently had to let all their front of house staff go due to lack of funding. With the appropriate funding, this can be prevented. The theatres that are home to Hamilton, Mary Poppins, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables will remain closed until 2021, with redundancies expected to be made at all four theatres if action is not taken. Other theatres could face the same problem if lack of funding continues.

I am starting this petition because I love being able to go to the theatre and see shows, both on the West End and at my local theatre. Try going without music, Netflix, TV, the radio, or YouTube, etc, for a day. That makes us realise how dependant we are on the arts industry. This is why I am calling on Oliver Dowden and Parliament to give appropriate funding, not only to the NHS, but also to theatres and the arts industry. I have been signing petitions to help support the industry, as well as donating when I can.

Please help me to call on Oliver Dowden to do something about this, as opposed to just his suggestion of opening theatres without live performances.

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