Venues North releases its second COVID-19 status report

Venues North has released its second COVID-19 status report, designed to help artists and companies better understand where venues are with their current activity and reopening plans.

Following on from the previous report, published in March 2021, the new status report includes information about which periods venues are currently programming for, as well as whether budgets are available for supporting new live and digital work.

Annabel Turpin, Chair of Venues North said:

“This report pulls together some key pieces of information that artists and companies want to know, to help them navigate some of the uncertainties we are all facing. We’ve had a great response to the first report, and in this version, we’ve tried to incorporate some of the additional questions artists have been asking.

We’re still planning to update the report as often as is useful over the next few months. The next one is likely to be issued in late May, if the Government’s roadmap stays on track to enable reopening on 17 May.

Thanks to all our members for taking the time to share their information.”


You can download the report here.


Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.


By new work, we mean new theatre and performance, usually devised work or new writing, or work that explores the boundaries of theatrical form.

Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues. It is open to any venue in the North that shares our commitment to supporting artists making new work.

A list of current members can be found here.