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Poll: Should the theatre industry be more tolerant if employees need to take time off due to mental health issues or stress?

Stage door workers are among those covered in the UK Theatre and BECTU agreement. Photo: John Gomez/Shutterstock Photo: John Gomez/Shutterstock
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Following Sheridan Smith’s revelations about her breakdown, which occurred when she was starring in Funny Girl in the West End, Lyn Gardner questioned why mental health issues are often treated differently than physical illnesses when it comes to taking time off.

“Despite increased awareness of mental health issues, the profession still clings to the idea that the show must go on, regardless of the personal cost to those involved,” Gardner said.

This week we’re asking: Should the theatre industry be more tolerant if employees need to take time off due to mental health issues or stress?


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