Theatres could open next Spring, says Culture Secretary

Oliver Dowden, Culture Secretary

Theatres could be re-opening next Spring, the Government has suggested.

However, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told MPs he didn’t have a firm date to re-open without social distancing.

But he is aiming for a “not before” date in March or April to give producers time to plan.

Productions around the country have come to a halt because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

And West End theatres have seen major job losses.

Only last week the Government advised people in the arts to re-train for other work.

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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