ONE of Ireland’s leading theatres will not open again until 2021 due to the devastation that the Covid-19 crisis has caused the arts industry.

Dublin’s Gate Theatre announced today that it has put off all of its acting productions until 2021.

The Gate Theatre in Dublin will not be reopening until 2021
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In a statement that sent shockwaves through Ireland’s arts industry, the theatre told how the cancellation of nine months of productions and the resulting hit to box office sales has made any business for them in 2020 unsustainable.

The Gate Theatre team will spent the rest of the year working on in depth cultural development of their organisation and commissioning new projects.

Director of the Gate Selina Cartmell said: “As we look forward to the possibilities of what 2021 may bring, and how the Gate will play it’s part in helping to pioneer a new theatrical landscape, I take heart from the solidarity of our staff and our theatre colleagues as we experience this crisis together.

“It has been heartening to see the hard work and commitment of the Arts Council and the NCFA during this time and the recent announcement of the additional €25 million for culture by the Government is very welcome.

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“Our staff and their families have faced the uncertainty of the past few months with resilience, and our team is ready for the challenges ahead.

“I continue to believe in the potential of the Gate to be a crucial incubator of great Irish creative talent and a powerful platform for the best of Irish and international artists.

“In this brave new world we are facing together, great theatre must prevail.”

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