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2020 Festive Treats:

Theatrical Treats this Christmas are there if you can find them:

Normally by this point in the year we at Scotsgay arts would have published our festive preview of the best on offer from across Scotland and the UK this festive season. We would also be gearing up for ever growing Panto tour of the country trying to cover the moments that sparkle on our stages.

However, 2020 has been no normal year, with our theatres in Scotland remaining shuttered and the ghost lights continuing to burn bright. There has been a plethora of digital offerings from all of Scotland’s biggest producing houses combined with community engagements from venues the length and breath of the country.

Those digital offerings will continue over Christmas and we have a few of the best in this preview. Wales and Northern Ireland are facing the same issues and problems and as yet there is no theatrical offerings, although Wales is at the point test projects.

England have been more successful with socially distant performances taking place in venues across England and with the Partnership between the National Lottery and QDOS, ten venues will receive pantomimes this festive season. It’s important to note 9 out of these 10 will be hybrids, one act 75-minute affairs all staged socially distant.

So, lets go round up those and all the latest show news for the upcoming festive season.

Scotland:

Aladdin Govan:

Aladdin in Govan

Halo Arts are an innovative arts and events production company with a remit of delivering a range of high quality and inclusive projects with young people aged 6-18 and those with additional needs across Glasgow. Halo Arts have a commitment to working with young people, the disadvantaged and those with additional needs. The company will produce, A Lad in Govan- Glasgow’s first ever digitally streamed community panto running from 17th to the 27th December.

Join Aladdin, Widow Twankey and Wishee Washee in their home town of Govan where they are soon to swap the streets of South Glasgow for the Pyramids of Egypt on an unexpected and exciting adventure… Widow Twankey’s launderette isn’t doing too well, Wishee Washee is up to mischief and to top it all off Aladdin has gone and fallen in love with a Princess! Will he be able to make his wishes come true and defeat the wicked Abanazar?

The show will be performed live and streamed from the Pearce Institute in Glasgow and will star Cameron Fulton of BBC River City and is sure to be a festive treat for all the family.

For tickets go to:

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/halo-arts

Oh Yes We Are! A Quest for Long Lost Light and Laughter: Perth,

Christmas magic for Perth

Written and directed by Barrie Hunter
Design by Becky Minto

Experience the joy of panto with Perth Theatre’s unique LIVE interactive online broadcast via video platform Zoom. You can still be a part of the action, you can boo the baddie, cheer the hero, banter with the dame and have the same singalong, laugh along panto fun you love with your families, but from the comfort of your sofa! Why not get a group together in your different households or with family across the world and all attend at the same time?

This digital extravaganza will run from December 11th through December 24th and will feature Christina Gordon, Ava Hickey, Barrie Hunter, Helen Logan and Ewan Somers.

For tickets and full information go to:

https://www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/oh-yes-we-are-zoom-120802

Rapunzel The Pantomime: The Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

The Brunton Panto team return!

A family film screened at The Brunton

The Brunton panto regulars are getting in the mood for Christmas and The theatre elves are planning some festive treats for everyone. Join us in our sparkling Christmas grotto (otherwise known as Venue 1), for a big screen family film – Rapunzel The Pantomime. Why not dress up as your favourite pantomime or Christmas character? Or wear a Santa hat and sparkles.

The story of Rapunzel who was locked in a tower before being rescued by her pal Jammy, is told in fun panto style. Full of songs and slapstick, local references and colourful characters – a unique family pantomime film for all ages.

Rapunzel The Pantomime – a film for all the family is produced by The Brunton, written and directed by John Binnie, designed by Robin Mitchell with Musical Direction by Tommy Travers and filmed by D Fie Foe. The cast includes many of the Brunton Panto regulars.

The film will run from the 19th to the 30th December, for more information and tickets go to:

https://www.thebrunton.co.uk/en-GB/shows/rapunzel%20the%20pantomime%20-%20a%20family%20film/events

England:

Dick Whittington at The National:

For one year only Pantomime comes to the National on the South Bank

Join Dick Whittington and friends on an adventure to save the true spirit of London as pantomime comes to the National Theatre for one year only. In a newly transformed Olivier theatre, Ned Bennett directs this wild new version of the classic tale which has been freshly updated for 2020 by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd.

This hilarious and heartfelt panto is packed with the cheekiest of jokes, the chattiest of animals, the awesomest of songs and the messiest of silliness. Initial casting includes Dickie Beau, Amy Booth-Steel, Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings, Georgina Onuorah, and Cleve September.

In a season when many UK theatres have been forced to postpone their pantomimes, help us to celebrate its place at the heart of British theatre.

For more information and tickets go to:

https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/dick-whittington

Pantoland at The Palladium:

The full scale two act Panto from Qdos this year at the historic London Palladium.

As covered in articles elsewhere on Scotsgay arts The London Palladium, the home of pantomime, will welcome back panto favourites Elaine Paige, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, as well as past stars Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp. Making their debut will be West End sensations Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.

Returning for a fifth consecutive year, The London Palladium pantomime has become an essential part of Christmas in the West End, with record-breaking box office success year-after-year. Pantoland at The Palladium, devised by Michael Harrison, will be a treasure-trove of The London Palladium panto past and exciting new surprises written especially for the show, guaranteeing an unmissable treat for panto and musical theatre fans alike.

Celebrating the very best of pantomime, with comedy in abundance, this star-filled extravaganza will play to a socially-distanced audience. The show will feature the work of Olivier Award-Winning Team director Michael Harrison, choreographer Karen Bruce, set designer Ian Westbrook, costume designer Hugh Durrant, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Gareth Owen and composer and orchestrator Gary Hind.

This will be the only full scale two act pantomime from QDOS this year so will indeed be the jewel in the crown. For more information and to book go to:

Robin Hood and His Merry Men:

The Bristol Hippodrome then Transferring to The Birmingham Alexandra Theatre.

A Panto for two cities (note Doreen Tipton will before the Birmingham dates only)

Starring the Strictly judge the nation loves to hate, the fab-u-lous Craig Revel Horwood as The Sheriff of Nottingham, alongside the Hippodrome’s pantomime superstar Matt Slack, the legendary pairing of Richard Cadell & Sooty and the Black Country’s funniest matriarch Doreen Tipton. The socially distanced, one-act production will begin its run at the Historic Bristol Hippodrome in December before moving to Birmingham and then temporarily change venues due to Birmingham Hippodrome’s hosting of the critically acclaimed Van Gogh Alive experience.

Doreen Tipton will only appear in the Birmingham dates.

For tickets go to:

Bristol:

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/robin-hood/bristol-hippodrome/

Birmingham:

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/robin-hood/the-alexandra-theatre-birmingham/

Sleep Beauty, The Manchester Opera House.

The best panto in the North, A Stellar Cast for Manchester

Starring Salford-born funny man Jason Manford as Muddles, with comic legend Billy Pearce as King Billy, musical theatre leading lady Jodie Prenger as The Enchantress and Eric Potts as The Queen, Sleeping Beauty will play from Saturday 12 December for a strictly limited 3 week run. This new production will be packed full of comedy routines, audience-safe participation and all the unmissable magic that Manchester Opera House audiences have come to expect from their annual festive pantomime. The previously advertised production of Aladdin will be staged in 2021 and existing bookers have already been contacted with details of their new tickets.

For full details and tickets go to:

https://www.atgtickets.com/venues/palace-theatre-manchester/

Sleeping Beauty, The Milton Keynes Theatre

Scottish Pantomime Royalty Allan Stewart and Andy Gray swap Edinburgh for Milton Keynes

Best-known for winning the BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do, Lee Mead won the title role in the West End revival of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to rave reviews. Since then Lee has had lead roles in Wicked and Legally Blonde in the West End, releasedseveral solo albums and toured extensively. No stranger to pantomime, Lee has starred in seven Qdos Entertainment pantomimes, including his star turn as Prince Charming in their critically acclaimed production of Cinderella at the London Palladium and last year’s Milton Keynes Theatre pantomime,  Starring alongside Lee as the evil Carabosse will be star of screen and stage, Claire Sweeney. In the role of The Enchantress will be pop and television star Suzanne Shaw, who rose to fame via the popular ITV talent search Popstars and the music group Hearsay.

Starring as Princess Beauty’s hilarious best friend Muddles is comedian and magician Pete Firman. Widely recognised having starred in BBC1’s prime-time Saturday night programme The Magicians, he has made special guest appearances on ITV1’s The Next Great Magician and Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief.

This year’s cast will also feature two legends of comedy, Allan Stewart and Andy Gray, who will be swapping their usual pantomime home at the Kings Theatre in Edinburgh, where they have delighted almost two million festive theatregoers for the last twenty years, for Milton Keynes Theatre. The much-loved pairing of Scottish comedy royalty will provide all the laughter and quick wit the duo are best-known and loved for in their native home, with Allan playing The Queen and Andy as The King.

For Full details and to book tickets go to:

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/sleeping-beauty/milton-keynes-theatre/

Robin Hood, The Newcastle Theatre Royal.

Newcastle’s panto favourites are joined by the gorgeous Joe McElderry this year!

Starring masters of mayhem Danny Adams and Clive Webb, alongside the Grande Dame of Grey Street Chris Hayward, they will be joined by X Factor and local lad Joe McElderry, illusionist Phil Hitchcock, hilarious gymnasts The Acromaniacs, Pop Idol star Zoe Birkett and Mick Potts. Robin Hood will play from Saturday 19 December, 2020 for a strictly limited 3 week run.

They headliners will be joined by renowned illusionist Phil Hitchcock, who starred in last year’s London Palladium pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Completing the line-up will be comedy gymnast troupe The Acromaniacs, musical theatre leading lady and Pop Idol star Zoe Birkett, who is renowned for her incredible vocal talent and leading roles in The Bodyguard and Priscilla Queen of the Desert, with Danny & Mick star, the side-splittingly silent funny man, Mick Potts. Robin Hood will also feature Theatre Royal panto regulars Steve Arnott, Wayne Smith and Laura Evans making up an on stage company of 18 performers and musicians

This year’s production, created especially for Newcastle Theatre Royal in this unprecedented year, will be a riotously funny, one-act celebration of pantomime, packed full of comedy and laughter and allow audience members the opportunity to come safely together and enjoy the magic of the much-loved and unique art form this festive season.

For full details on tickets go to:

https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk

Sleeping Beauty, Theatre Royal Nottingham.

To Me To You! Paul Chuckle leads the cast in Nottingham!

An all-new production of Sleeping Beauty comes to Nottingham, thanks to support from The National Lottery. Starring legendary funny-men Paul Chuckle and Ben Nickless, with street dance stars Flawless, the show will play from Saturday 12 December for a strictly limited 3 week run.

The top of the bills will be joined by hilarious pantomime dame David Robbins as The Queen, back again after starring as Ugly Sister in Cinderella in 2012 and west end musical stars Kimberly Blake, fresh from her west end role in Pretty Woman as The Enchantress, and Hannah Grace Lawson as Princess Beauty. Completing the line-up is Jack McNeill as the Prince, marking his third consecutive Theatre Royal pantomime having starred in the title role of Peter Pan, and Dandini in last year’s production of Cinderella. This year’s pantomime will be directed by Guy Unsworth, who also directed last year.

For full details and tickets go to:

Elsewhere!

Robinson Crusoe, The Theatre Royal Plymouth

Two panto legends Les Dennis and Andy Ford are headed for Plymouth this Christmas

An all-star cast including pantomime legends Les Dennis and Andy Ford are headed for Plymouth for a swashbuckling adventure.  This Socially distant one act spectacular looks set to a magical affair.

For information and tickets go to:

https://theatreroyal.com/

Sleeping Beauty, The Mayflower, Southampton

The biggest Panto on the South Coast!

Joe Pasquale and Lesley Joseph will lead the company on the south coast in the pantomime of your dreams, joined by a stellar cast, you would be in a muddle to miss it.

For information go to:

https://www.mayflower.org.uk/whats-on/sleeping-beauty-pantomime-2020/

Robinson Crusoe, The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent.

Stoke’s Panto Favourites are back!

With  The much-loved Stoke regulars Jonathan Wilkes and Christian Patterson at its helm, this specially-created show will bring pantomime back to the Potteries and will play from Saturday 19 December.

For information go to:

https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/robinson-crusoe/regent-theatre/

And Finally,

So there we have it, its literally the smallest offering of Christmas shows in living memory but the magic is alive and lets hope a full season returns for Christmas 2021. For now however enjoy the offerings its vital these socially distant productions are supported as for all those involved there a life line. The fact does remain that for the fast majority of the arts industry tough times will continue into 2021.

We hope to bring at least a couple of reviews over the festive period! until then enjoy some fabulous festive treats.

Brett Herriot Review

Big Band Does Halloween, BBD Productions, Virtual Review:

Big Band Does Halloween,

**** 4 Stars

“Spooktacular Charming Fun“

Edinburgh based BBD productions launched themselves at the Edinburgh Fringe 2019 to critical acclaim infusing some of the biggest songs from Broadway and the west end with the incredible sound of a live jazz big band. Think Glenn Miller meets Lloyd Webber and Sondheim, and you get the flavour.

The company were slated to return for the 2020 fringe season but Covid took its grip, but the performers have decided to bring some Halloween cheer with there own virtual offering and what a charming fun affair it all is.

Macauley Burns opens the show with a powerful and committed performance of ‘Bat Out of Hell’ from the same titled musical which wowed audiences in the Coliseum in London’s west end and is scheduled for a UK tour in 2021. . Rachel White then gives her take on ‘Dead Mom’ from the Broadway hit musical adaption of the Tim Burton film, ‘Beetlejuice’. Rachel’s performs with conviction and commitment which suits the piece.

Rachel Stanley steps into the Iconic Bette Midler’s shoes for a rendition  of ‘I Put a Spell on You’ from Hocus Pocus. Rachel brings the right sense of fun to the song and is ably assisted on backing vocals by Sarah Docwra and Rachel Flynn. 

Its then time for a spot of Sondheim as  Chris McLeish performs ‘Not While I’m Around’ from Sweeney Todd his is a sophisticated take on the song accompanied by solo piano while a million miles away from a big band sound it’s an endlessly watchable performance. Moving swiftly to  ‘Pulled’ from ‘The Addams Family Musical’, performed by Jenny Kinnear. It was inevitable that song from “Addams” would pop up as the most Halloween of musicals. Kinnear delivers the goods with vocal precision.

Former Queen Jane Seymour from “Six” Caitlin Tipping performs ‘Monster’ from ‘Frozen the Musical’ which is slated to open at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane later in 2021. Tipping is flawless in her vocal power and control and is indeed a skill, hopefully future BBD productions will showcase the other side of her voice with a ballad. Speaking of ballads,  ‘With You’ from ‘Ghost the Musical’ is next up performed by Dannielle Logan. This is a song which details the emotional tragedy of loss. Logan’s performance is uniquely beautiful, honest, and truthful take that touches the heart and soul in equal measure and is indeed the highlight of the virtual show.

Marc MacKinnon changes the mood to late night new York supper club with a touch of jazz with a performance of  ‘Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered’ from ‘Pal Joey’, Mackinnon knows his skills well and is an engaging performance to watch through the lens of the camera. Attention turn to comedy and finally turned in performance of ‘Together Again’ from ‘Young Frankenstein’ performed by Scott Coltman. His vocals are matched by his comic timing and characterisation as he duets with himself. Closing the broadcast is  Claire Moore performing ‘Last Midnight’ from ‘Into the Woods’. Claire throws herself into the role and indeed into the woods with a atmospheric and chilling Spooktacular conclusion to the show.

Overall, this is 30 minutes of fast musical fun, even if the songs are only connected to Halloween by a mere word, and the overall show would have benefited from a group number to bring the strings together at the end.  For that being said BBD have shown what a gifted roster of talent are at there fingertips.

The broadcast is available to stream until 5th November and is well worth checking out.

BBD Productions present, Big Band Does Halloween for tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-band-does-halloween-tickets-126789890977?fbclid=IwAR3jToJle2olJB8MlgTHVg1uQxZDomswBm7-_rdKfGRG4ETzrDt2__xBLKU

Preview

BBD Productions Does Halloween!

BBD Productions Returns:

Edinburgh based Big Bad Does Productions which had planned to return in the 2020 Edinburgh Fringe Festival but like the entire arts industry those plans are shelved. Now however they are back with a Spooktacular online Halloween special.

The company co-produced by Scott Coltman and Jonnie Grant made a four-Star debut In the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, transforming the biggest number from New York’s Great white way into big band infused sparklers.

http://sgfringe.com/review-big-band-does-broadway

Now the company returns and Coltman says “BBD Productions is proud to present ‘Big Band Does… Halloween‘ – a wide mix of songs from movies, musicals and more performed by a spook-tacular cast of performers from across the industry. We hope you will join us in celebrating all things Halloween in this musical extravaganza.”

The production will star Claire Moore (Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins), Rachel Stanley (42nd Street, Chicago, Legally Blonde), Caitlin Tipping (Six, Last Five Years, Musical Starnights) and many more from across the west end and UK.

This Production is in aid of Acting for Others and all proceeeds will be split between Acting for Others and all the creatives involved in the production. Coltman goes on to say “We hope you can support us to show that #WeAreViable and together we can #SaveTheArts”

The performance will begin streaming from 19:30 on Halloween evening and be available for the following 5 days and is unique chance to be entertained by the best up and coming performers from across the musical theatre industry so buy those tickets now!

For full details and to book tickets for the digital performance go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-band-does-halloween-tickets-126789890977?fbclid=IwAR3jToJle2olJB8MlgTHVg1uQxZDomswBm7-_rdKfGRG4ETzrDt2__xBLKU

Arts News!

Innovations Dance Platform 2020

Dance Platform Returns Digitally:

Edinburgh based Innovations was initiated with the ambition of championing creative innovation within the field of contemporary dance. Opening doors for dance artists and companies at all stages in their career as a catalyst for presenting their work to new audiences. 

Innovations has held platforms annually since 2014 presenting eclectic and diverse programmes by artists from the UK and abroad. 2018 saw the platform open its first Edinburgh Fringe Festival Edition, giving artists the opportunity to present their work in the heart of the biggest cultural and arts festival on the planet. 

Dance Horizons now presents the first digitally produced edition of Innovations Dance Platform.

A company spokesman said “On the 28th of November audience members should be taking their seats at The Studio but due to the ongoing pandemic live theatre in Scotland is not possible and that all our live events this year have had to be cancelled. However, our dedicated production team have pulled together alongside our artists and companies to produce a programme of Scottish grown dance work for a very special digital edition.”

For full details and to book tickets for the digital performance go to: http://www.innovationsdanceplatform.co.uk/digital.html

Arts News!

Theatre Vs Covid-19: The Funds Arrive

Theatre Vs Covid-19: The Funds Arrive

Where are we at now:

In our last Arts News Item in the Theatre vs Covid -19 series published on October 11th we looked at the various venues and productions companies beginning there fight back to get the arts and theatrical industry back on its feet as we continue to wait for the long promised funding to be made available Since then both the UK and Scottish Governments have announce large tranches of funds to support the arts as they continue to grapple with the effects of the pandemic.

It is inevitable that far to many companies, venues and vitally freelancers will still be left to fall through the cracks and struggle on as the industry continues feel the effects of not just the virus but also the fight to be heard by those with the power of the purse This has been born true in the case of Glasgow’s Pavilion Theatre one of Scotland’s few independent large scale theatres who have caused a social media storm of recent. . It is a shameful condemnation of what government thinks of the arts. It has been especially interesting for those of us who allow our passion for it to be the driving factor the arts will survive and flourish and the world and our lives will be better for it.

So, let us take a look at where some of the money is going.

Capital Theatres:

The King’s Theatre Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s Capital Theatres the charitable trust that over sees the Festival, King’s and Studio Theatre’s in Edinburgh has been awarded a £500,000 grant from the Scottish Government. This is in addition to the £250,000 previously awarded. ( although smaller venues in the city ie The Royal Lyceum and Traverse Theatres were awarded a far higher allocation in the first round).

There continues to be a serious threat to the historic King’s Theatre Edinburgh which prior to the Pandemic had secured funding towards the redevelopment of the old lady of leven street and that remains under threat.

Fiona Gibson CEO of Capital Theatres said:

“The emergency funding announcement from the Scottish Government for Capital Theatres is greatly appreciated. It is the short-term financial lifeline that we have campaigned tirelessly for in recent months, bringing us parity with many fellow performing arts venues of similar scale in Scotland. We would very much like to thank the Scottish Government for their support and recognition, acknowledging the crucial contribution our flagship theatres provide to the local, national and cultural sector economies. This will enable us to continue supporting our core staff, freelancers and communities alike.

That being said, this is very much, a long and extremely challenging road to recovery for Capital Theatres and we are still focused on securing the ​future of the organisation long-term. The funding we have received to date from The Scottish Government represents a ​very welcome contribution to our trading deficit this year. As Scotland’s largest theatre charity​, recovery of this lost income is desperately needed in order for us to fully reopen the doors of our three much loved venues – The Festival Theatre, The King’s Theatre and The Studio.

Importantly Capital Theatres’ planned £25million redevelopment of The King’s Theatre still remains under threat. With two-thirds of the required funding in place from a range of sources, the stage was set to progress this vital historic redevelopment of national importance. However, the theatre’s development fund, a designated fund built up over many years specifically for this capital project, has needed to be utilised to enable Capital Theatres to simply function through the pandemic, therefore placing the redevelopment in a precarious position.

The stark truth is that ​with the pandemic trajectory continuing to significantly impact our ability to potentially open our doors well into 2021, there is still so much more that needs to be done to truly reflect the long-term scale of the crisis facing our theatres. ​Our objective continues to be to avoid closure ​of the King’s and to sustain the organisation’s venues ​for the long term ​so they can continue to play their vital role in Scotland’s year-round arts scene​ and support of the health and wellbeing of the many vulnerable communities we serve.

The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow:

The Pavilion Glasgow

The Pavilion have just recently completed a successful crowd funding campaign to turn there 2020 Pantomime offering “Santa Clause is coming to town” into a free digital broadcast. The home of Scottish variety has always been vocal in its attempts to overcome the tough situations its faced over the years.

However, the theatre unleashed a social media tirade against the London Palladium earlier in October as the iconic London based venue opened for socially distant performances that met the restrictions enforced by the UK Government.

While there is merit to statement made by Iain Gordon the simple facts have been ignored, The London Palladium is covered by the restrictions in place by the UK Government where as Covid Restriction in Scotland fall under the Scottish Government remint. Yet no Scottish venue has been allowed to open. To further fan the flames by comparing arts to sport does nothing to help that argument either.

The arts should unite so that the example used by London Palladium, which yes was sold out with the capacity vastly reduced and met social distancing restrictions can be applied to venues around the UK and it may force the Scottish Government to look again at its ongoing ban on not just the arts but hospitality and the many industries struggling to survive. That said the Pavilion has always been the Glasgow people’s theatre and its statements will always pack a punch.

Funding in England:

London Famed West End

South of the border 35 venues and companies were informed there were to receive grants that range from £1 million to £3 million each. Amongst the 35 organisations are English National Ballet, Sadler’s Wells and the Old Vic in London.

The higher tier of grants is for larger organisations that need more than £1 million but not more than the starting value of the loans (£3 million) on offer for even bigger organisations.

In response to the announcement, Old Vic actor Andrew Scott said: “Today’s announcement is a hugely exciting and positive step forward in helping the Old Vic survive and thrive. Over its 200-year lifetime, hundreds of thousands of performers, creatives, technical crews, back-of-house teams and everyone else in-between have worked together to make The Old Vic the cultural icon it is today.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “As part of our unprecedented £1.57 billion rescue fund, today we’re saving British cultural icons with large grants of up to £3 million – from Shakespeare’s Globe to the Sheffield Crucible. These places and organisations are irreplaceable parts of our heritage and what make us the cultural superpower we are. This vital funding will secure their future and protect jobs right away.”

While there is more funding to be announced it is welcome to see the bulk of the current grants going to the regions but it’s expected that London both on and off west end will feature heavily in the upcoming funding announcements. While its accepted that money will not reach every single arts organisation its hoped this funding will reach its way to those most in need.

A full list of organisations receiving grants is below:

Adlib Audio Limited – £1,650,356
BH Live – £2,499,531
Bill Kenwright Limited – £1,526,028
Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust – £3,000,000
Birmingham Museums Trust – £1,872,750
Birmingham Repertory Theatre – £1,380,023
Black Country Living Museum Trust – £2,559,805
Design Museum – £2,968,634
Dulwich Picture Gallery – £1,357,823
English National Ballet – £3,000,000
Exchange Events Ltd (Gandey Productions) – £1,092,503
Fabric Life Ltd – £1,514,262
Hull City Council – £1,615,725
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust – £1,860,000
Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House Ltd – £1,545,163
Leeds Theatre Trust Limited (Playhouse) – £2,381,547
Lights Control Rigging Productions Ltd – £1,076,179
London Transport Museum – £1,750,000
Newcastle Theatre Royal Trust – £3,000,000
North Music Trust (Sage Gateshead) – £1,800,000
Northampton Theatres Trust (Royal & Derngate) – £2,112,891
Norwich Theatre – £3,000,000
Performances Birmingham Limited – £2,534,675
Rambert – £1,283,835
Royal Exchange Theatre Company Ltd – £2,854,444
Sadler’s Wells – £2,975,000
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – £3,000,000
Shakespeare’s Globe – £2,985,707
Sheffield Theatres Trust Ltd – £2,246,000
The ACC Liverpool Group Limited – £2,972,659
The Mayflower Theatre Trust – £3,000,000
The Octagon Theatre Trust – £620,232
The Old Vic Theatre Trust 2000 – £3,000,000
Theatre Royal (Plymouth) Ltd £1,896,000
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 1982 LTD £1,187,530

And Finally!

So there we have it, its nice to have some positive news for the arts after 8 months of closure, and with many productions now announcing there return to opening in the west end (with social distancing in full force).

This is just however the tip of the ice berg, so much more sustained financial help is required, if our industry as we knew it prior to covid is to re-emerge fully its needs help of government and its audiences to survive what its going to be a long winter for us all.

Lets as an industry continue to unite and keep those Ghost lights burning bright as we slowly but surely open the theatres of this country once more. We must also remember the arts is more than theatres, from the solo singer on cruise ship to a leading star in the west end the denial of the right perform is the hardest cross to bear, but maybe just maybe there is a chink of light at last in a long tunnel.