Peter Aldous calls for Government support for theatres

23rd June 2020

Peter Aldous asks the Prime Minister to put in place specific support for theatres such as the Marina and Seagull theatres in Lowestoft and the Fisher theatre in Bungay as theatres are really struggling as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.

 

The Marina and Seagull theatres in Lowestoft, and the Fisher theatre in Bungay, play lead and irreplaceable roles in their local communities and economies. I welcome the Prime Minister’s statement that the Government will work with the arts industry so that theatres can reopen as soon as possible. However, they are really struggling, so may I urge him to look at putting in place specific support until the time that viable reopening is possible?

Yes, indeed. I know how valuable the theatre sector—and the whole entertainment sector—is to our economy. My hon. Friend should be in no doubt that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is talking to those sectors right now to see what we can do to help them, while ensuring that they can come back in a covid-secure way.

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