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Arts Council England - responsible for allocating a proportion of the government's Cultural Recovery Fund

Second round of CRF funding from Arts Council England

The Arts Council has announced the second round of funding in which £76,654,621 of Culture Recovery Fund grants is assigned to 589 organisations.
The Odyssey Online from Jermyn Street

The Future of Theatre

Philip Fisher takes a look at how coronavirus has widened the scope of theatre delivery.
Josh Benson in York Theatre Royal's 2020 touring pantomime

Panto Season 2020: Oh Yes It Is!

Simon Sladen looks forward to Panto Season 2020 and explores how COVID-19 has affected the Industry. (Updated 22/10/20)
Arts Council England

Arts Council England First Round Funding

The top 20 winners and a breakdown by region of the initial distribution of the Arts Council's £825m share of the Cultural Recovery Fund.
The impact of the Cultural Recovery Fund on the Arts and Culture sector

Could it be magic?

The Arts Council-commissioned CEBR report, which attributes an expedited recovery for the cultural sector to government funding, has left National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti contemplating the power of magic.
Talking Heads at The Bridge

Please Close Us Down!

Boris Johnson might be the next Feydeau or Frayn, judging by the problems that theatres might suffer under his latest cunning plan.
Oliver Dowden

Saving panto? Huh!

While a small part of the theatre industry celebrates Operation Sleeping Beauty, Peter Lathan is far more cynical.
Pantoland at the Palladium

Operation Sleeping Beauty: Pantoland's Kiss of Life?

Simon Sladen reports on the National Lottery initiative to purchase pantomime tickets to seats unable to be sold due to 'social distancing' under Operation Sleeping Beauty.
Julian Knight MP

Parliamentary Debate on Culture Sector 8 October 2020

The House of Commons debated spending by the Department for Digital, Culture and Media and Sport on support measures for the DCMS sectors during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mousetrap

Whodunnit or Didn’t

Philip Fisher compares and contrasts the entertainment industry's responses to coronavirus in London and New York.
Rishi Sunak

Has Sunak Saved the Theatre? – Not Yet

Rishi Sunak's latest jobs and loans package offers little comfort for the arts community.
Max Weitzenhofer and Nica Burns

The wisdom of reopening theatres

Philip Fisher is concerned that running shows at a loss could further damage the finances of theatres that are already struggling.
Jack and the Two Metre Beanstalk

Pandemic Panto-monium!

Simon Sladen reports on the latest industry activity ahead of Panto Season 2020 including strategies companies are taking to produce COVID-secure productions. Updated 23/09/20.
Finborough Theatre

Favourite theatres on death row and an extra-terrestrial solution

Philip Fisher highlights the plight of the Finborough Theatre in London and some of Edinburgh's finest, while remaining cynical about the government's Moonshine project.
Julian Knight MP

A begging letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

The DCMS committee has written to Rishi Sunak pleading for help for the arts.
Tony Boncza, Oliver Gully and Anna Andersen in The Mousetrap

Creatives versus Accountants

Philip Fisher worries about the future of the industry that we all love.
Encore Musicians

The day the music dies

National news editor and London reviewer Sandra Giorgetti takes a look at a recent survey that puts figures on the desperate straits of UK musicians.
Sam Mendes

A Drop in the Ocean

Philip Fisher reports on an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and an Arts Council England bailout that will leave the self-employed drowning.
"Arctic Convoy" - the entire team: Helen Dobson (producer), Robbie Lee Hurst (actor, in costume), Viv Wiggins (actor, in costume), and me

Remembrance of Theatre Past 55–56: The End (Possibly)

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. Here he describes how his career as an actor and director came to an end and thinks about what lies ahead.
Cast, in Order of Disappearance

Deadly Theatre—Simon Brett and Charles Paris (with a quick nod to Ngaio Marsh)

We all need escapism and Philip Fisher might have found the perfect escape in a long series of crime novels with a theatrical setting.