As we enter a new year with a new lockdown, Theatres around the country will have been closed for over 12 months by the time productions restart with confidence.
When my daughter was agonising between going to University to pursue academic studies or audition for a 3 year full-time dance course, the advice given at the audition to all prospective theatre students was that the industry was so brutal, so competitive, that if they could think of anything they would prefer to do, they should probably do that instead.
She was successful, ignored the advice, and became part of the tiny percentage of kids that are able to take the final step towards becoming a professional dancer. A couple of the super talented, were pickup up - 1 left to do a major West End show almost immediately, others got acting work in rep theatres around the country or were off to entertain on the cruise ships, but that was all pre-covid.
The effect on the creative community is probably no larger than many other sectors. The institutions have had some respite through financial support provided by the government. However for the majority of people employed in theatres, the vast majority of whom are freelance professionals