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Meet the electrophone, the Victorian version of live-streaming

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As the battle against COVID-19 continues to rage, the plight of Britain’s theaters, which have suffered catastrophic financial strain thanks to lockdown, continues to rumble through the arts world. Theaters were forced to close at the end of March and, with few exceptions, have remained closed since. These venues must decide whether reopening when the latest lockdown eases will be viable, thanks to the very real prospect of continuing social distancing measures which make live performance almost impossible.

Even after the UK came all too briefly out of lockdown in the summer, ticket sales were limited and profits down. Now, with a second lockdown in force and Christmas shows threatened, the future of British theater remains highly questionable.