July 25, 2021

Prince Charles issues warning on the arts

The Prince of Wales has raised concerns about how orchestras and theatres will survive the coronavirus crisis.

Many theatres and concert halls are struggling after closing their doors during lockdown, with no clear indication of when shows might resume,

Prince Charles said it was important to “find a way of keeping these orchestras and other arts bodies going”.

The prince, who is patron of dozens of arts institutions, noted they were of “enormous importance” to the economy.

“It’s absolutely crucial that they can come back twice as enthusiastic as before,” he said in an interview with Classic FM.

The heads of the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and the Southbank Centre have all warned they are facing financial collapse without additional government assistance due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Royal Opera House, of which Prince Charles is a patron, says it has seen 60% of house income fall away since the start of the crisis.

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