About All The Web’s A Stage
All the Web’s a Stage is an online event consisting of 12 marvellous jam-packed hours of all your favourite performers from the West End and theatre to comedy, drag and magic – doing what they do best, but swapping big stages and bright lights for their couch.
Completely free to stream live from your phone, computer, games console or digital caster, from your favourite social media channels. We’ll be updating the site shortly with all the information on how to tune in on the day.
We’ll be live on Facebook and on this website from midday on the 23rd. Fitting, as it’s Shakespeare’s birthday and the date that theatres began their process of restoration after strict censorship in 1661, the last time British theatres were ordered to close for a prolonged period.
The livestream is raising money for our artistic comrades who have been severely impacted by Covid-19. Whilst we appreciate the government’s initiatives, and the support made available for many self-employed workers, there are still many freelance artists who fall through the cracks of these new government programs. As a result, thousands of artists who are now unable to earn an income are facing the coronavirus crisis with no available financial support.
All funds raised by All the Web’s a Stage will be donated to three main charities who are leading the efforts in supporting these amazingly talented, and worthy, artists in need of support: Acting for Others, The Golsoncott Foundation and Help Musicians UK. Our collaboration with The Golsoncott Foundation involves creating a new Bounce Back Fund. This will enable artists making exciting new work to return to bringing great entertainment to our stages, pubs and performance venues much sooner after restrictions are lifted.!
We want to ensure that fresh, invigorating work continues to populate our stages, and that postponed work from 2020 is not lost to COVID-19. Our fundraising target of £75,000 towards hardship and recovery will make a huge difference. To find out how you can play a part, click here.
About Theatre Together
The coronavirus outbreak and COVID-19 pandemic caused nearly 300 theatres across the country to close on Monday 16 March. The damage of this for an arts and culture industry worth £117 billion to the British economy has been huge. In wake of this, Theatre Together, a new collective of over 100 artists and professionals (including producers, directors, marketers, actors and an array of other individuals in the arts and culture industry) has assembled to take action during this crisis. Our mission is to create positive change for arts workers while re-examining audiences’ relationship to theatre in this new digital age.
We are a sector built on creative thinking. We don’t know what the future holds for us, but we do know that our collective talent for adaptation and innovation presents an opportunity: to continue sharing our craft with a world turning to the arts in a time of need, while at the same time raising money to support an industry in crisis. Our first initiative, All The Web’s A Stage, benefits three charities offering immediate financial help to individuals working in the arts. The ongoing effect of our new Bounce Back Fund gives companies and individuals the assistance to return to creating new work when it’s safe to do so without financial pressure. Together, we can ensure that fresh, invigorating work continues to populate our stages, and that everyone’s story has the chance to be heard.