Alistair Smith is editor of The Stage. Having joined the publication on staff in 2004, he has also held the roles of reporter, news editor, opinion editor, deputy editor and print editor at The Stage and has written for publications ranging from The Guardian to Hello! Magazine. He is also the author of two major industry reports (the London Theatre Report and the Theatre Workforce Review) and was a founder of the My Theatre Matters! campaign.
The SOLT/UK Theatre chief executive is helping to navigate a devastating crisis for the industry that was unimaginable only a few weeks ago. He tells Alistair Smith why the next weeks are going to be so crucial if the sector is to survive
When the country does tentatively start to exit lockdown, large communal activities such as theatre are going to be among the last to reopen. Even then, it will likely be with some modifications. The industry will have to make a very strong case for special treatment from the government