Actors in Shakespeare Globe’s staged readings to be paid for the first time in 20 years
Actors and directors who take part in Shakespeare’s Globe’s staged readings scheme are being paid for the first time, after union Equity agreed a deal with the venue.
For the past 20 years, actors taking part in the Globe’s Read Not Dead initiative have been given scripts on a Sunday morning, performing the piece later that day to a paying audience. Tickets cost up to £15, but, until now, neither the actors nor directors involved have been paid.
Following discussions between Equity and the theatre, those taking part will now receive £75. Students and first year graduates with fewer than 30 lines are paid £40.
The union has urged actors in similar unpaid roles to come forward.
Shakespeare’s Globe was previously the centre of a pay dispute in 2015, after tour guides at the venue demanded a pay increase that the theatre said was too high.