West End performers have started to be offered interim payments following the closure of productions, The Stage understands, with some offered £350 until more concrete decisions over pay are made.
With shows cancelled at last minute earlier this week, questions have been raised over payments due to actors in shows, especially until it becomes clear what parts of their contracts will be upheld.
Typically, performers are given two weeks’ notice of a show’s closure, and it is understood Equity is trying to secure this for actors.
However, until it becomes clear what payments will be due, some performers are being offered a £350 holding fee, which would be taken off any future settlement.
The Stage also understands that some producers are thinking about how they will reopen, given the heavy losses expected, and are considering asking performers to return to shows on Equity minimums – whatever their role – to help with the recovery process.
It is understood rates would return to what had previously been agreed once the landscape is more settled.
The Stage also understands some venues have been offering creatives 50% of their agreed fees for shows that are not likely to run, to honour work already carried out.
A spokesman for Equity said: ” Equity is currently in negotiations with SOLT/UK Theatre to attempt to come to a consistent set of contractual arrangements that will apply during this period. We can comment any further at this time.”