Lin-Manuel Miranda has claimed the pandemic has shown the world just how much it needs the arts.
The Hamilton and In the Heights creator said people would have “gone insane without it”.
Speaking as part of a Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts event called Mountview Live, made available on its YouTube channel, he said: “I can’t tell you how much this Covid situation has shown the world how much we need art to live. Imagine your lockdown without your books or your music or your TV - or whatever it is, to make sense at this time. We would all have gone insane without it.”
He added that the lockdown had brought into focus “how much the arts make things better”, as “illumination, as distraction, as catharsis and as exercises in empathy”.
“We are all filling the hours with art in a way we never have before,” he said.
Miranda was interviewed by Giles Terera, who starred in Hamilton, and Mountview students.
Mountview Live’s next three guests will be Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah on July 6, director Stephen Daldry on July 13, and Glenda Jackson on July 20.
The interviews will be broadcast on Mountview’s YouTube channel.