Sam Mendes & Netflix Set Up 500K Fund To Support UK Theater Workers

Sam Mendes, The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre and Netflix have established a fund to support beleaguered workers in the sector during the ongoing COVID-19 closures.
The streamer is donating $620K (£500K) to launch the initiative, which will give out grants of up to £1K per person. To be eligible, applicants must have worked in theater between March 31, 2020, and the beginning of 2019. The goal is to support those not eligible for the UK government’s financial aid schemes. The initial round of applications will be open for one week from 12pm GMT (4AM PST) today.
Theaters have been closed in the UK since March 16 due to the government’s coronavirus closures. While the country is beginning to emerge from its lockdown, theaters remain a way off being able to operate at a meaningful capacity, and prominent figures including Cameron Mackintosh have said significant shows won’t retu
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