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An urgent appeal: Save the arts. Save our theatres.

An unusual post this week, but the cause is one that's very close to my heart. I grew up going to the theatre with my mother. Every week for many years we'd walk to Teatro Duse, named after a famous Italian thespian, in my hometown of Bologna to watch the classics: Pirandello, Ibsen, Shakespeare, Goldoni, Brecht, Chekhov, Pinter, Ionesco, Strindberg, Fo, Moliere, they have all contributed to my personal and intellectual education.

Theatre-going in London has proven a lot more sporadic than I would have wanted, but just as rich in memorable experiences. Jeremy Iron's magnetic performance in the adaptation of Sandor Marai's Embers back in 2006 was certainly one of them. More recently, my dear friend Allen and I enthusiastically endured the epic near 8-hour marathon that was Angels in America.

Our theatres are still closed and, with no emergency government funding, they may never open again. Please consider supporting the Custodians for Covid project, which sells beautiful photos of some of London's most iconic venues to raise funds trying to secure their future and that of their staff. I have chosen a picture of the Roundhouse, a place where I have spent many happy moments, hoping there will be many, many more to come.

Denise Stracey – member of Showsec Security Team London 2020

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Allen Bleza
Allen Bleza
Jul 04, 2020

It's so hard to take in - I've been getting by on optimism but the reality is that's not going to save these beautiful venues and the army of people they employ. Thanks for bringing Custodians For COVID to our attention.

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