Support for Artists

UK theatre makers have been hit hard by this crisis, but we are campaigning to secure a diverse, ambitious and hopeful future for theatre in this country.

Theatres, theatre companies and theatre-makers all over the UK have been hit very hard by this crisis. Since 16 March all theatres have been closed and the vast majority of their income lost.

This means that many staff across our industry have been furloughed. The self-employed workforce that makes theatre for our stages and engages audiences of all ages in it - our actors, directors, designers, lighting designers, video designers, theatre composers, choreographers, movement directors, fight directors, musical directors, musicians, stage managers and learning associates - have lost all or most of their work and their income. 

Whist we are working hard to secure the future of the RSC, the team here is very aware of our many friends and colleagues up and down the country who are suffering hardship and facing anxious and uncertain times. Wherever we can, we want to be of assistance and to stand in solidarity with you.

group standing in a hall rehearsing a play
Rehearsals for A Museum in Baghdad, directed by Erica Whyman (far right). The production had its transfer to the Kiln Theatre, London cancelled due to Covid-19.
Photo by Ellie Kurttz © RSC Browse and license our images

We are proud to be in partnership with 12 theatres nationally who, in spite of tremendous challenges, have been inventive and determined in finding new ways to engage their communities, and we continue to work with them to support that work wherever possible.

There is a growing list of initiatives, networks and resources to support theatre professionals during this time. We have gathered some of them here so they are easy to find. This list is not exhaustive because new ideas are emerging all the time.

We are campaigning hard to secure a diverse, ambitious and hopeful future for theatre in this country. To all of you engaged in that fight, stay strong and stay safe.

Erica Whyman
Deputy Artistic Director

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