Bristol Old Vic could cut more than a third of its full-time workforce as coronavirus woes continue

The theatre has lost 75% of its income during the pandemic. Credit: PA images

Bristol Old Vic has announced it could cut more than a third of its workforce after losing 75% of its income during the coronavirus crisis.

It has been confirmed more than 20 roles from the theatre's full-time team of 60 are at risk.

In a statement released today (Wednesday 29 July) it was revealed the "significant reduction in the work it can undertake" because of the health pandemic means it must make changes.

“It is with enormous regret that Bristol Old Vic has begun a consultation process to reduce the size of its workforce due to the COVID-19 crisis... by taking these steps now, we are putting ourselves in a position to emerge flexible, solvent, and fighting fit to meet the challenges of the post-COVID world.”

Bristol Old Vic’s Chair, Liz Forgan

Bristol Old Vic's Executive Director Charlotte Geeves said: "The unprecedented circumstances of this crisis, forcing all theatres to close and taking away 75% of our income at a stroke has left us in an extremely vulnerable position."

It is hoped the Government's investment in the arts will support the theatre's efforts to survive and hopefully gradually reopen over the next 18 months.

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