The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has announced that redundancy consultations have begun with some employees, and its theatres will not fully reopen before next year.
A statement from RSC artistic director Gregory Doran and executive director Catherine Mallyon said: “Despite our wish to reopen our theatres by the end of the year, it is now clear that the ongoing pandemic and the continued need for social distancing mean that we will not be able to stage full RSC productions in our theatres before 2021.
“Despite our theatres being temporarily closed, our acting company continue to work on events and activity, including our programme of outdoor Shakespeare in Stratford.”
The statement added: “It is with great sadness that we have now reached the stage where a formal consultation process with employees must take place to safeguard the long-term future of the company.
“We had hoped that things would have become more positive by now, but this has not been the case.”