Andrew Lloyd Webber files a lawsuit against the government for allegedly disregarding the arts.
ANDREW Lloyd Webber has joined a group of entertainment industry heavyweights in filing a lawsuit to compel the government to release the results of its Covid pilot events.
Ministers are said to be “cherry-picking” high-profile sporting events while disregarding the performing arts. Theatres and music venues are struggling to stay afloat due to budgetary constraints and social isolation. With its Raise The Curtain campaign, the Daily Express has backed the industry. However, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport confirmed yesterday that 140,000 people will be able to attend the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 18 — a week after 60,000 people will be able to attend the Euros football final at Wembley.
This comes just 24 hours before the Prime Minister’s scheduled July 19 “Terminus Day.”
Lord Lloyd-Webber, singer Peter Gabriel, producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh, and music industry organisation Live have joined forces to accuse the government of making it “difficult to plan for any live entertainment” by refusing to share findings.
He stated that he turned down Boris Johnson’s offer to put one of his West End shows in the trial scheme for live events last week.
“I turned down the government’s invitation to include Cinderella in the Events Research Programme as a last-minute addition,” he stated. We feel compelled to go further.
“We simply need to see the data that is being used to unfairly suffocate our industry while allowing other sectors of the economy to operate.”