Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre has made a third of its permanent staff redundant due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to chief executive Joanna Read, the theatre had 31 permanent staff in March, with ten roles having been made redundant and a further four at risk.
The theatre has also informed more than 100 casual staff, including bar workers and ushers, that there is no work for them for the foreseeable future and has mothballed its catering operation.
In evidence submitted to the DCMS committee inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 on the sector, the theatre said it had lost £1.4 million of income to date since its closure.
Read said: “The theatre has had to make some very difficult decisions in the last few months to ensure our long-term survival.
"Our plans for 2020, including our own productions and our pantomime, have all been cancelled or postponed and our cafe bar closed. We are facing a substantial deficit at the end of the year."
She added: "However, we are determined to come through the crisis and return to making and presenting our work for Surrey and the south, and hope that there may be some relief for the theatre in the £1.57 billion arts rescue package that will help the theatre’s position."
In the last batch of submissions to the DCMS committee inquiry, the Royal Shakespeare Company also raised a risk of redundancies, warning that specialist theatre craft skills could be lost forever if these are to go ahead.
A spokeswoman for the RSC confirmed that the organisation is yet to enter redundancy consultations, but that it "does remain a potential scenario for the future, subject to government guidance and the distribution of the £1.57 billion investment package".
Writing in the DCMS committee submission, the RSC said: "If starting to welcome audiences to our fully staged productions is not something we can plan for with certainty, and there is no additional support, then we will need to reshape the company to operate differently.
"Therefore, many jobs will be at risk, including theatre specialists who will find re-employment near impossible in a sector-wide crisis and whose skills could be permanently lost. Ultimately, the future of the company will become at risk."
A submission from 16 producing and touring theatre companies, including Fuel, Frantic Assembly, Graeae and Yellow Earth, said that in the majority of these organisations, more than 50% of staff are furloughed and/or facing redundancy.
The DCMS committee has already published its findings, claiming that job losses in the sector could have been prevented if the government had acted sooner.