Published: 3rd Sep 2020

Centre for London has called for a series of vouchers, outdoor shows and tax breaks to help save the West End. The coronavirus lockdown has hit the West End particularly hard, which is famous the world over for its theatres, restaurants and vars. According to the think tank, 18,364 performances took place across London’s theatres last year, drawing in 15 million spectators, and bringing in £800m in revenue. In July, Bectu, the cultural workforce trade union, predicted that 2,700 jobs had already been lost in London theatres. In a new report out today (3 September), Centre for London has called on landowners should work with London government to stage weekly ‘London fringe’ events across the West End’s streets, creating new spaces for outdoor performances that respect physical distancing rules. It also argues that the government should introduce culture vouchers once indoor performances restart, similar to the Eat Out to Help … (To read the full article, subscribe below)