The reason two Birmingham buildings were lit up in red on Monday night


Monday evening saw multiple theatres across Birmingham and the rest of the Midlands transformed into bright beacons of red light.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Crescent Theatre, situated in Sheepcote St, were among the popular arts houses lit in red as part of a nationwide initiative.

The two theatres were taking part in the national  Light It In Red campaign on Monday evening (July 6).

Both theatres joined lighting technicians, other workers, freelancers and specialists from across the country as venues were transformed, including Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre.

The glowing red light – seen by members of the public and posted on social media channels – came  in support of  Light It In Red,  which aims to shed a light on freelancers, suppliers and those who work in the theatre and events industry in a time of uncertainty.

The coronavirus crisis has seen theatres forced to close up and down the country, with live performances not yet permitted by the government – despite pubs, hotels and restaurants re-opening from Saturday July 4.

The government has announced how it is going to “protect” the future of the arts in Britain along with investment for young people in dealing with the aftermath of coronavirus.

It is to provide a £1.57bn support package for museums, galleries and theatres, while more than £100m is to be invested in traineeships for 18-24-year-olds.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will confirm the expenditure in a mini budget on Wednesday as he unveils the county’s economic strategy going forward amid the pandemic.

The REP’s Artistic Director,  Sean Foley  and Executive Director,  Rachel Thomas  said;  “Tonight, we join a multitude of venues across the country who are lighting their buildings red in support of freelancers, suppliers, and those in the theatrical and events industry on whom our entire theatre ecology relies. 

“We hope that funds in the Government’s new cultural support package will be distributed in a representative and inclusive way that recognises the vital role played by these individuals and companies in sustaining the theatrical landscape.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “From iconic theatre and musicals, mesmerising exhibitions at our world-class galleries to gigs performed in local basement venues, the UK’s cultural industry is the beating heart of this country.

“This money will help safeguard the sector for future generations, ensuring arts groups and venues across the UK can stay afloat and support their staff whilst their doors remain closed and curtains remain down.”





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