Sam Mendes Calls for U.K. Government to Rescue British Theater Sector

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'1917' helmer and theater director Sam Mendes has called for the U.K. government to assemble a “rescue package” to save the British stage sector.

, who as well as helming movies like “1917” is also a successful theater director with shows like “The Lehman Trilogy,” has called for the U.K. government to assemble a “rescue package” to save the British stage sector., Mendes said the coronavirus crisis presented “the biggest challenge to Britain’s cultural life since the outbreak of the second world war.” He said that theater and live entertainment are now in “grave danger.

Live theater isn’t a charity, Mendes underscored. “It is a massively successful business. In 2018 alone, theater across the U.K. played to a collective audience of 34 million people,” he wrote. He added that live theater has also been “essential to the U.K.’s multi­billion pound film and television industry by launching the careers of literally thousands of actors, writers, producers and directors,” including Mendes himself.

Second, the theater tax-relief scheme had to be adapted. “We’re asking that the rate of tax relief be increased from 20% to 50% for the next three years, and that it apply to the production’s ongoing running costs, and to the remounting of suspended productions,” he wrote.

 

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Would it kill anyone in the entertainment industry to get a job in the meanwhile? There’s fruit picking available for example.

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