Theatre & live performance

Equity Statement on Coronavirus for Performers, Dancers, Singers & Stage Management & 'Creative Team' Members in Theatre

Whatever your profession, wherever you’re working, about to work or planning to work, Equity is here to support you as best we can in these unprecedented times.

We urge all members to take heed of government advice, which is kept regularly updated at the union’s dedicated page: 

Keeping yourself and other safe is of paramount importance: by taking note of hand washing and hygiene advice, as well as limiting unnecessary journeys and keeping responsible ‘social distances’ wherever possible. We encourage members to join in support groups in their communities helping older people and other who may isolated if you are able.

We are experiencing an incredibly high number of queries at this time, but we have prepared documents to help answer FAQs in each sector of work which should answer most queries. These will be regularly updated, and can be found here:

West End Advice (performers and stage management)
Commercial Theatre Agreement Advice (performers and stage management)
Subsidised Theatre Agreement Advice (performers and stage management)
Independent Theatre Agreement (ITC Agreement) Advice (performers and stage management - including dancers)
Fringe Theatre Agreement Advice (performers and stage management)
Non-Equity Agreements Advice (performers and stage management - including dancers)
'Creative Team' Members Advice

If your query is not answered in this information, please contact the relevant office or organiser – Get the contacts here

In this time of an incredibly high volume of queries, some Equity staff are working extended hours to keep members informed. However,  there may be a delay in getting back to you. We will prioritise the following in this period, in this order:

- Serving deputies on current shows

- Vulnerable members with specific queries

- Members on non-union contracts, house agreements, and one-handers

- Time-limited casework

- All other queries

The government’s advice at this stage, despite pre-emptive press reports, is not to close theatres. When that advice changes, the documents linked to above will change in line with members’ rights. We are having ongoing constructive conversations with producers across the industry to make sure that our agreements respond to the current crisis in a way that protects our members best.

Return to Equity's general coronavirus advice.