Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
London; Inner London; Inner London - East
Location of affected unit(s)
Arts / Entertainment
Arts, Entertainment And Culture
Creative, Arts And Entertainment Activities
90.01 - Performing arts

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
1 September 2020
Foreseen end date


The National Theatre of Great Britain, based in central London, has announced it will cut 400 jobs from 31 August because it cannot afford to pay its employees due to the COVID-19 crisis. The redundancies will affect casual staff: 250 front of house staff and 150 people on the backstage teams.

A spokesperson for the National Theatre said job losses are unavoidable because the National Theatre has been prevented for long-time to 'perform to audiences at usual capacities', and it is unclear when it will become again possible.

A statement by the Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union (Bectu) warned that the British theatre sector will lose thousands of jobs unless the UK government provided targeted support.

The Royal National Theatre, internationally known as the National Theatre of Great Britain, is one of the UK's most important publicly funded performing arts venues. Its NT Live programme broadcasts productions to cinemas in 60 countries - during the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK, NT Live performances were shown on YouTube, free of charge.



Eurofound (2020), National Theatre, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101454, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101454.