Following the release of a Youtube video showing two men climbing into the National Theatre building at night and scaling the Olivier flytower, the venue has pledged to “strengthen security” and affirmed that it liaises with the police on an ongoing basis.
Research by Stage Directors UK found that male directors outnumbered female directors in 21 of England’s 33 largest theatres last year. At Hull Truck and Oldham Coliseum all of the directors of in-house shows were male, and female directors outnumbered male directors at only seven venues.
Croydon Council confirmed the arts centre’s opening will be delayed until at least December 2018. Campaigners who opposed the redevelopment plans, which were meant to be complete by Summer 2018, originally called for a phased work schedule, so at least one venue could remain open.
Restoration and conservation of the venue’s Grade II-listed buildings are included in the £18m redevelopment plans, which have been supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Government.
After receiving £40k of emergency funding from Belfast City Council to “keep the doors open until the end of October”, the theatre has put out another plea for an additional £300k from public funds before the end of the 2017/18 financial year, and a further £270k in 2018/19.
Shows and exhibitions to mark the 250th anniversary of the artform in 2018 are planned in Belfast, Blackpool, London, Bristol, Newcastle-under-Lyme, and Norwich and Great Yarmouth, in an initiative led by Circus250.
A new studio space, upgraded technical equipment, a new entrance and improved access are included in redevelopment plans for the theatre. Productions will continue in a 350-seat temporary venue whilst the revamp, intended to finish in 2019, is ongoing.
Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone said she had been “rocked to the core” by accusations of censorship after cancelling performances of a play that features the grooming of young women. The theatre attracted controversy last week when it said hosting the Out of Joint production would be “highly conflictual” following its efforts to combat harassment in the industry.