Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre

The director Sam Mendes has outlined a rescue package for theatre during the coronavirus crisis and warned that if the performing arts are not protected, “an ecosystem this intricate and evolved cannot be rebuilt from scratch”. Mendes’ suggested measures, outlined in a long article for the Financial Times, have been applauded by key figures in […]

The government’s plan for UK theatre is vague and demoralising – here’s what we need

Last Friday the government released its “roadmap” for reopening UK theatres. There is just one problem: it’s woefully vague with no dates or hard information – or anything of practical use – and it has demoralised everyone I’ve spoken to in the industry. What good is a road map when you don’t know whether the […]

Dear Oliver Dowden, have you even begun to grasp the scale of our arts crisis?

It’s time, Mr Dowden, you faced up to a simple truth: artists know much more about the arts than politicians. So far the most practical plan for the theatre has come from Sam Mendes, who has made numerous recommendations: increasing the theatre’s tax-relief scheme from 20% to 50%, inviting the government to become theatrical “angels” […]

Watch Daniel Dae Kim, Giancarlo Esposito and More Re-Create Superman’s Radio Plays for Charity (EXCLUSIVE)

Television and film stars Jason Alexander, Henry Winkler, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Shalhoub, Alfre Woodard, C.C.H. Pounder and more gathered together to support the Creative Coalition with this special performance. Using original scripts from the decades-old Superman radio series, which was recently revived from the Warner Bros. Studios vault, this unique vision of the Man of […]