Over the last few months, many of us have turned to the arts when we have needed entertainment and escapism. The incredible talent from this industry has given us so much throughout these lockdowns, so let's make sure we are supporting them at a time they need it most ...
While we aren't able to enjoy live theatre in person, there are still lots of ways you can help keep the industry alive. Here are our top five:
- Stream shows online and donate where you can
Choose from a wide range of theatre from Shakespeare and Musicals to short films and improvised comedy. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Take a look at this list devised by What's on Stage.
- Swap and not refund
If a performance you were due to see has been cancelled, see if you can swap your tickets to another performance instead of getting a refund. Not only will the theatre keep your much-needed money, but you will also have something fantastic to look forward to.
- Look ahead and book tickets
Many theatres are announcing new performances for later summer onwards. Why not start booking tickets or how about buying a Theatre Token, which can be used in 260 venues around the UK.
- Donate or sponsor
Have you ever thought about donating to charities supporting the industry or sponsoring your smaller theatres?
- Sign up to newsletters
Sign up to your favourite theatres' newsletters to get hot off the press news and quite often great deals. The Arches+, our brand-new newsletter, gives all recipients exciting news before anyone else and the opportunity to purchase tickets to our shows one week before they go on general sale! Sign up has been momentarily suspended while we update our website. We'll let you know as soon as it's back up and running!
However, you choose to support the theatre and arts industry, we hope you have fun doing it. Please share with The Arches Theatre social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) what you have been watching. We'd love to know your recommendations.
Stay safe everyone and thank you all for your support.
If you'd like to find out more about anything I've written here, call me on 01234 241357 or leave a comment below and I'll be in touch.