The National Theatre has confirmed that redundancies of 400 casual workers will still go ahead despite the government’s announcement of a £1.57 billion support package for the industry.
According to the London-based organisation, the redundancies are "sadly unavoidable" due to uncertainty around how the emergency funding will be distributed and the projected financial impact of coronavirus into 2021.
Other theatres that have announced redundancies include Manchester’s Royal Exchange, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
A statement from the National said: "We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult and upsetting time for many of our staff and we are doing everything possible to minimise job losses across the organisation.
"We have committed to paying our casual staff until the end of August, but very regrettably due to the changes in the government Job Retention Scheme we simply cannot afford to offer financial support beyond that point."
The statement added: "Our theatres remain closed and, although the government support package for the cultural sector announced last week is hugely welcome, we do not yet know what emergency funding the NT may receive, nor when we might receive it.
"We also expect coronavirus to have a major impact on our earning potential into 2021 and beyond, so some reduction in our workforce is sadly unavoidable."