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 […]

Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber tells MPs the air in his theatres is ‘purer than outside’ as he calls for help for industry

Mr Hassall said the venue was “fortunate to have supportive members and private donors who have given generously”, but that “unfortunately, the rescue package fanfare has given many potential donors the false sense that we are being sufficiently supported elsewhere”.

Coronavirus infections are rising among young people – these charts show where

Dr Adam Kucharski, infectious disease epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said it could be just a few weeks until the UK sees an increase in older people being admitted to hospital after the spike in young people testing positive.

Strictly’s Karen Hauer shows off six pack despite gorging on pizza, cheeseburgers and donuts

Her top 6-pack tips A well-balanced diet is vital for well-defined abs because, really, abs are made in the kitchen. Eat “clean” foods such as lean meats and plenty of vegetables but keep your diet varied. Consistency is key – if you can make long-term lifestyle changes you will see results. The best exercises for […]

UK announces 2,919 more coronavirus cases 14 deaths as England braces for tougher lockdown rules from Monday amid rising cases in young people

Data from the Covid Symptom Tracker app, run by King’s College London, shows there were days in March and April when more than 100,000 cases of coronavirus were estimated to have been caught in the UK. But testing figures were showing fewer than 6,500, meaning that the numbers of cases now cannot be compared like […]

Not just for Christmas: panto cancellations threaten theatres’ future

The Civic would have been celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. The venue is in an area currently under stricter lockdown rules than other parts of the UK, and Knight is planning to reopen in September. Her team of eight has been furloughed. “If we can’t open fully for Christmas then that’s when we’ll have […]

‘Scary situation’: delay to lockdown easing forces costly theatre cancellations

The venue’s usual capacity of around 850 has been reduced to approximately 300 with social distancing measures, so the profit margin is already slimmer. “The window for us to recoup costs from our show is closing,” Jay added. The Hippodrome Circus summer season ends on 20 September, to coincide with the end of the tourist […]

Wait for date to fully reopen theatres spells disaster for panto season

Last week, introducing his London Palladium pilot experiment for reopening theatres, the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber had a message for Johnson: “Give us a date, mate!” Lloyd Webber predicted that regional theatre would be devastated without the box-office boost of a pantomime this Christmas and said that the producer Michael Harrison, co-owner of Qdos Pantomimes, […]

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

Third, we need to make sure that tightening belts doesn’t squeeze out people who have been historically underrepresented in the sector. Cultural diversity must be prioritised in the way that any investment is distributed. The social inequalities of our sector must be tackled. Our world leading D/deaf, neurodiverse and disabled talent must be championed. We […]

Holiday in Cornwall: our insider’s guide to the best beaches, where to stay, cheap eats and the best things to see and do

Another Michelin chef who’s less known – and shouldn’t be – is Cornishman Chris Eden, who runs the restaurant at the Driftwood Hotel near Portscatho on the Roseland Peninsula. His ingenious food is as dramatic and tasty as the clifftop view from the dining room.