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Actors in Shakespeare Globe’s staged readings to be paid for the first time in 20 years

Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: John Wildgoose Shakespeare's Globe. Photo: John Wildgoose
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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.

Long-running dispute between tour guides and Shakespeare’s Globe resolved with 34p pay increase