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Social Roundup: What Are Theatres, Artists and Creatives Doing During The Shutdown?

The closures of major shows, events and venues, in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, has left many people in the theatre industry suddenly without work or a project to develop. So, what are artists, creatives and theatre staff doing during the shutdown? Here are some of the incredible responses - from fundraising and streaming work to offering advice, services and entertainment.

We have to begin with Elaine Paige, bringing us the mash-up of Evita and cleanliness we never knew we needed...

A lovely message from the Come From Away UK team - we can't wait to rejoin you on the Rock soon!

Wise words from Judi Dench...

Bryony Kimmings has spearheaded an incredible fundraising drive, matching donations to theatre artists in need. Bravo, Bryony!

Similarly, Paul Taylor-Mills organised a JustGiving page to support freelancers (which puts him one step ahead of the Government...). Much needed, and an amazing response!

The McOnie Company is offering free online classes - get your dancing shoes on...

David Jays has founded the #TheatreLockdownClub to bring the theatregoing community back together. First up: a group watch/live tweet of movie Birdman on Thursday night.

Almeida boss Rupert Goold gave us a sneak peek of their 'virtual run through' of Daddy...

The King's Head Theatre is streaming daily half-hour Q&A skills sessions with industry professionals - a fantastic initiative!

Carrie Hope Fletcher urges donations for Acting for Others, to support theatre workers during this difficult time.

The Gate Theatre is hosting a series of evening shows!

Casting directors Faye Timby and Sophie Holland are very generously offering 15-minute casting sessions:

And Spotlight has also jumped on board!

Tamara Harvey shared a farewell performance from the Milky Peaks company:

As did Tom Littler for The Tempest - check out Michael Pennington's spine-tingling performance as Prospero:

National Theatre Scotland announced that you can watch How The Earth Must See Itself online:

Papatango has rolled out a package of initiatives, including commissions for monologues, creating a free mobile library of plays, and offering an advice service. Truly inspiring!

Down but not out: the Coronet Theatre team is still going strong...

The Wind in the Willows is now available to stream for free - or consider making a donation.

Wagner o'clock! Opera North is making The Ring Cycle available on its website:

Gecko Theatre is sharing full versions of shows, plus behind-the-scenes content and educational material. Hurrah!

Slung Low is sharing a radio play from its archive every day.

And Robert Myles is doing a live-streamed reading of The Two Gentlemen of Verona:

Who or what has impressed or entertainment you during the shutdown so far? Tweet us @BroadwayWorldUK!

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