Uncertainty cancels European tours

The COVID Diaries – 293 17th February

National Theatre tours of Europe have fallen victim to the uncertainty caused by Brexit and the resulting requirements for work permits. A number of European countries will now require people working in the arts to apply for short-term permits.

A spokesman said: “We hope to resume European touring. However, we’re currently unable to make firm plans because of Brexit legislation; the potential additional costs for visas and current uncertainty around social security contributions mean regrettably it is currently not financially viable.”