Dame Judi Dench: Theatres won’t reopen in my lifetimemain
The actor, 85, told Channel 4 News: ‘Will they ever reopen again? I don’t know, certainly not in my lifetime.’
She added: ‘I think that what is so strange is that we imagine that this is a temporary thing – this is happening just now and when the pandemic passes it’s all going to go back to normal.
‘It will, maybe, for some people – it certainly won’t for all of us in the theatre…. I do think that … if the theatres now close, become dark, I don’t know when we’re going to get them back. You can’t run a theatre, for instance, with people sitting six seats apart. You can’t run a theatre if it’s a quarter full, no.
‘It doesn’t just affect the public, it affects all of us – not just actors, but the crew and the people who make wigs, the people who dress us, the stage doormen, the lighting – every single person, the people in the box office – everyone’s affected by it, and none of us have any security or knowledge to know when it will come back.’