It was really upsetting to hear that Norwich Theatre Royal is having to cut 113 jobs in a desperate bid to secure its future.
The theatre has seen its income reduced to effectively zero overnight and unlike its publicly funded peers, doesn’t have a cushion of existing grant funding.
Theatres are also likely to be amongst the last sectors to get fully up and running again. Norwich Theatre Royal is one of our city’s anchor institutions and I know the people who run it are in bits at the prospect of having to lay off almost half of their staff.
It is scandalous that this government did not heed calls other MPs and I made for large-scale emergency funding. If the government had listened to us, these jobs could have been saved and our regional theatres would be facing a less precarious future.