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The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | 11/12/2008

Theatre survives the recession

The financial crisis may be shaking up Broadway in New York, but people are still flocking to theatres in London's West End, writes The Daily Telegraph. "The fact is that while Broadway is often perceived as being more glamorous, British theatre has far more variety and depth, as well as the benefit of cross-fertilisation between the subsidised and the commercial sectors. ... Entertainment tends to thrive in hard times, as the great Hollywood musicals of the 1930s showed. We may not be able to afford a new kitchen, or an expensive holiday, but most of us can just about run to an evening in the stalls, and perhaps even a modest meal out afterwards. My hunch is that theatre won't just survive the recession, it will actually help us to endure it, by offering that special sense of community of a theatre audience, and a temporary escape into other worlds and other lives."

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