The company which operates the New Theatre in Peterborough has welcomed the Government’s support package announced for the arts sector and says it’s given it a vital lifeline.

Selladoor Worldwide, one of the country’s largest touring companies, and operators of the Peterborough New Theatre, confirmed that due to COVID -19 they’ve extended the temporary closure of the Peterborough venue until November.

They’re putting a plan in place to reopen pre-pantomime season on November 19, 2020, but say the Government’s announcement of a support package of £1.57bn for the industry as a whole is desperately needed.

“The absolute key is in the detail now, of how these funds can support the wide ecology of people and organisations in the arts – and do so quickly. We’ve seen thousands of redundancies, many theatres on the brink of collapse and the damage of losing vital skills, experience and artists from our sector for good. We need to mobilise fast to start working as a sector to move together to the rebuild stage.

“This Government package has given the theatre sector a vital lifeline to continue our role – not just promoting the arts, but in communities, schools and as placemakers up and down the country.”

“Time is of the essence now, and in order for us to make best use of these funds we need clear guidance on the Government’s timeline for allowing venues to reopen again. With the ability to plan the sector as a whole can ensure the Government’s investment today benefits as many individuals and businesses as possible ensuring a vibrant and thriving sector tomorrow.”

Many of this year’s shows planned at the New Theatre have been rescheduled to future dates and tickets are on sale at www.newtheatre-peterborough.com

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