The show might just go on: £1.5 billion rescue package for the arts

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The arts across the east have been given a life-line as a £1.5 billion rescue package has been announced by the government to help those crippled by the pandemic.

The money will be used to help protect the future of museums, galleries, theatres and music venues.

The Theatre Royal, Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

It's a huge relief for many across the Anglia region, but some say they need more detail on just how much of that funding will go to venues here.

The Royal and Derngate in Northampton told ITV News Anglia that the announcement has been extraordinary and it may well help them survive.

The £1.57 billion rescue package for the arts industry includes:

The rest of the funding has been earmarked for specific projects including:

  • £120 million to restart construction work at heritage sites.

  • Museums, galleries, theatres, independent cinemas, heritage sites and music venues can all apply for a share of the cash.

Museums will also be keen to open up once more, especially those funded by local authorities.

Northampton's new museum Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Junction in Cambridge has been forced to postpone and cancel hundreds of live events since the start of lockdown, costing them about a million pounds in lost income.

The venue is hoping it will be able to receive a share of the funding on offer.

ITV News Anglia's Becky Jago spoke to Stephen Crocker, the Chief Executive of the Theatre Royal and Playhouse in Norwich, watch the interview below: