All front-of-house casual workers at the National Theatre have been made redundant, resulting in the loss of 250 jobs.
The move comes after union BECTU warned today that the number of jobs lost in the sector is currently 3,000 and rising.
Now it has confirmed that its entire front-of-house team, totally 250, has been made redundant.
“We have committed to paying our casual staff who work front of house until the end of August, but very sadly due to the changes in the government Job Retention Scheme we simply cannot afford to offer financial support beyond that point, when we won’t be back performing as usual,” a spokeswoman said.
She added: “We hope that additional financial support from government may be forthcoming that may allow the NT to begin performing again in a limited way. However, it is set to be many months before it will be possible to perform to audiences at usual capacities, so regrettably a proportion of job losses are unavoidable as both income and activity levels will be impacted across the organisation.”
One employee who has been impacted is Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi, who said on Twitter she now had no income.
“The National Theatre have let all FOH staff go. I now have no job whatsoever. Not a single source of income. God I loved that job so much. How can the arts have been let down this badly by the government?” she said.
The National Theatre have let all FOH staff go. I now have no job whatsoever. Not a single source of income. God I loved that job so much. How can the arts have been let down this badly by the government? @OliverDowden ???— Jasmin Mandi-Ghomi (@MissJasminMG)
Another, Jonny Brown, wrote: “I, along with hundreds of my colleagues and closest friends, lost my job today. We all arrived for a second job to support our various freelance careers. But we all stayed for the community and stability we found there.”
The organisation has 1,190 members of staff.
The news comes as pressure is piled on the government to step up and provide support to the industry, with warnings that it is on the brink of ruin so far failing to generate any support.