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Support for Theatre Professionals during Coronavirus


In light of the closure of many UK theatres due to the Covid-19 virus, leading theatrical charities have come together to centralise information about how and where you can access support if you work in the theatre industry.

We are aware that concerns will be around mental heath, finance and more.

Please choose wisely where you apply, only applying to foundations whose specific remit you meet, as applications are very high at the moment and this will enable us to help as many people as possible during this unprecedented time.

Not sure where to go? Here’s a handy flow chart to help out.

Some of the larger charities have generously offered to act as conduits for certain areas of the industry.  They may pass you on to another organisation better placed to help you.

Theatre Artists Fund

The Theatre Artists Fund has been set up to provide emergency support for theatre workers and freelancers across the UK. It is for the theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support due to the devastating impact of Covid-19 on the theatre sector. The Fund has been made possible from a generous donation from Netflix. Our ambition for the fund is to provide short-term relief for hundreds of theatre workers and freelancers across the UK, and particularly those from underrepresented groups disproportionately affected by the crisis.

Help Musicians

Our Health and Welfare Team offers structured support to professional musicians in times of personal crisis. Our approach is person-centred; building tailored support around an individual’s specific needs. Unfortunately, for obvious reasons, Help Musicians is unable to replace lost earnings. But we are able to provide financial support in cases of significant financial hardship as well as signposting for debt/welfare related issues. We also provide financial assistance for health interventions and access to music specialist health assessments for performance related health issues.

Grand Order of Water Rats

Those professionally engaged in entertainment as singers, comedians, speciality acts, etc. The Grand Order of Water Rats are a show business brotherhood with charitable aims, operating since 1889. Support is considered for such entertainers from the field of variety and cabaret if they are genuinely suffering hardship brought on by illness or misfortune which renders them unable to work. All appeals must be accompanied by detailed information including verifiable CV, medical evidence, bank/savings statements.


The Technical Entertainment Charity, is a UK registered charity providing financial support to the entertainment sectors (live events, theatre and TV / film) crew/production personnel, and people working in the technical supply chain, who are seriously ill or injured or to their surviving family members, via a tailored Medical Grant. Due to the impact of COVID-19, Backup created a separate initial Hardship Fund, to provide limited financial assistance to above personnel - criteria on website.

Theatre Community Fund

The Theatre Community Fund has been established to support the theatrical artists and professionals whose livelihoods and creative futures have been threatened in the wake of Covid-19. This fund will be separated into two priority strands giving grants: 1. HARDSHIP grants in partnership with the Fleabag Support Fund 2. CREATIVE AND INNOVATION grants Grants will be distributed in partnership with the Royal Theatrical Fund. Applications for the Fleabag Support Fund will open on the 1st of every month for five days, for the foreseeable future. Creative and innovation grants will open in late 2020 or early 2021, with the exact date to be agreed.

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Due to the current pandemic various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows. Please bear with us as we try to keep this page as up to date as possible. If you find a mistake, please let us know by emailing enquiries@soltukt.co.uk. If you click through to seat selection (where you'll see either best available or a seating plan), you will be seeing the most up-to-date prices. If this differs from what we've written on the calendar, please bear with us, as those prices will update soon.

We now sell our famous TKTS Booth discounts online here at Official London Theatre.

We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly.

We are processing in strict date order of performance, so you are likely to be contacted after the date you were due to go to the theatre. However, we want to reassure you that you will be contacted, and your order will be processed, but please do bear with us.

We’d like to thank everyone who has been patient and kind in dealing with their ticket providers so far and we are sorry that we cannot process your order as quickly as we would like.

Please do not contact your credit card company as that will slow the process down and put an additional burden on our box office and ticket agent teams.

In order for us to serve our audiences the best we can, please do not get in touch with your point of sale if you have booked for performances after 31 May. Please be reassured that if we have to cancel future performances you will be directly contacted by your theatre or ticket provider. Our producers continue to plan for all eventualities dependent on the individual needs of their shows and we will provide further updates on specific shows as and when they become available.

We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

For more than 40 years, TKTS was our on-the-day theatre ticket box office in Leicester Square. Currently closed due to the current situation, we are now selling our great last minute seats and prices online. Click here to learn more.

While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.