West End actors 'to get support' amid Covid-19 lockdown

Thomas Mackintosh

BBC London News

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An agreement has been reached between performing arts union Equity and the Society Of London Theatre (SOLT) to support actors during the current suspension of West End shows due to the coronavirus crisis.

The deal "covers every eventuality and perspective, from long-running musicals to plays with limited runs, productions yet to open and shows still in rehearsal when the shutdown began," the organisations said.

Julian Bird, chief executive of SOLT, said: "Equity and ourselves have worked tirelessly since the shutdown to protect jobs and address the needs of our West End workforce during this crisis.

"We all need to work together to ensure that we can get through this as an industry, and are ready to welcome audiences back into our theatres as soon as possible."