Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “Late last night, the culture secretary announced a ‘5-step roadmap back to performance’. The response from the sector has been widespread dismay – and disbelief that a long-called-for plan should finally be announced that offers no mention of dates for its implementation.
“Venues up and down the country – including The Lowry – are desperate to begin preparations to re-open their doors and get fantastic work by artists onto our stages for the public to enjoy safely. Instead, we received a vague and ambiguous statement that has confused many and helped no one.
“Other sectors have been given dates to work with – and performing arts should be no different. Without a clear plan, with clear timetables for implementation, we are putting the entire theatres sector further into crisis, our sector deserves better.”