'Occupy' threatened theatres

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The Independent Culture

Actor Sam West has urged direct action to protect theatres around Britain that face closure, calling on the spirit of the occupy movement to salvage the buildings at risk.

In previously unreported comments earlier this month, the actor told an audience at the annual arts, learning and technology conference Shift Happens in York: "I call for sit-ins; we should occupy those buildings threatened with demolition, and those working theatres threatened with closure."

The annual Buildings at Risk register by the Theatres Trust reports that there are 49 theatres under threat.