Letter: Save the Arts

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The Independent Online
WE WOULD like to congratulate you on the Save the Arts Campaign. May we, however, put in a plea that relief be extended to theatre production?

The prestige of Britain continues to be carried abroad by the outstanding success of theatrical productions which originate in this country, and our much applauded film industry relies on the early theatrical training given to its stars.

At a time when the Government is launching a major campaign to increase employment, it should be remembered that 2.4 per cent is provided by our theatre industry. A tax incentive for investors would provide just the fillip that is needed.

JOHN WITNEY

Chair, Theatre Investment Fund

ANDRE PTASZYNSKI

President, Society of London Theatre

A K BENNETT-HUNTER

President, Theatrical Management Association

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