New figures from actors' union Bectu show "the true scale of job losses in the theatre industry".
Four weeks ago, Bectu said employers had notified it of nearly 3000 redundancies. By Monday, that number had jumped to 5000.
Head of Bectu Philippa Childs said:
“The clock is still ticking to save the future of the theatre industry and these figures demonstrate the scale of the crisis it is facing.
"In July we warned that a storm would turn into a tsunami without further assistance. Despite details of the arts recovery package being announced we are still nowhere closer to the money being distributed.