Theatres and concert halls are in serious financial trouble.

Unlike pubs and restaurants, these venues have not been given the green light by the government to reopen on 4 July due to health concerns – and there’s no indication of when they might.

Dame Dench, one of Britain’s greatest stage icons, has said she fears that theatres might not reopen in her lifetime, amid growing pressure for a bespoke financial bailout for the performing arts sector amid fears of widespread theatre closures and job losses.