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‘This is not 9/11, it’s far trickier’: is it curtains for theatre?

Leading figures say they’re racing against the clock to save theatreland, and the stakes are very high

Dominic Cavendish

Imagine that the stark, brooding opening scene of Macbeth, before the ominous burbling about boiling and toiling, simply went on forever. Roiling clouds over the dark heath, and nothing else.

That’s one image for the future of theatre, as behind deserted stages around the world a frenzy of dialogue is taking place, worrying over one question: when is the theatre going to open for business again?

In Britain, that question became even more urgent when, on March 16, owing to Covid-19, Shaftesbury Avenue went dark for the first time since World War 2...

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