Lloyd Evans Lloyd Evans

Defund theatres – and give the money to gardeners and bingo halls

The dramatic arts receive state subsidies in the belief that they improve humanity. But where’s the evidence?

Bingo! The perfect replacement for our elitist, cash-guzzling, state-funded theatre. Credit: Paul White 1980s Britain / Alamy

For nearly six months our subsidised playhouses, notably the National Theatre, have been dark. What have we missed? Not much. Some would say nothing at all. And this has come as a surprise to those of us who were led to believe that the subsidised theatre is critical to ‘the national conversation’.

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