The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall stepped out in London on Thursday, to hear how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected city nightlife industries, including theatres and clubs.
Prince Charles and Camilla visited the Soho Theatre to show their support for the arts industry. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, London’s Night Czar and the Deputy Major for Culture joined them for the visit.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall saw Natasha Marshall perform her play ‘Half Breed’. The comedy play focuses on finding your own voice.
Speaking of the performance, Prince Charles commented “That’s marvellous, such dedication. I really enjoyed the performance and I am praying all of you can open soon. I wish you every success.”
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The Duchess of Cornwall speaks to a performer at the Soho Theatre
Soho Theatre has become the setting for a range of new comedy specials on Amazon Prime. The theatre is creating more digital content after seeing an increase in the demand, and now reaches a larger audience. Soho Theatre is beginning to commence a small-scale pilot performance with live performances in March 2021.
Thank you all for visiting & chatting with our brill education, bar, tech, front of house & box office team. We’re ALL missing live shows. SO great to see (a rehearsal of a) performance on our stage again – thank you Tash Marshall & Miranda Cromwell #HalfBreed https://t.co/TAdMXId7SZ
— sohotheatre (@sohotheatre) December 3, 2020
The royal pair visited The 100 Club, one of London’s most famous music venues, where bands such as first started performing to show their support for the vibrant nightlife.
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The Prince of Wales looking a photographs of those who have performed at The 100 Club
The Prince and Duchess heard how the pandemic has affected professionals in the music industry. They were shown around the venue by manager Jeff Horton and co-manager Ruby Horton. Marker pens in hand, the Royals and added their names to a graffiti wall in the Green Room, joining a range of performers from throughout decades.
In @100clubLondon’s Green Room, The Prince and The Duchess see signatures of musicians who have performed at the club over the years – and are invited to add their own names! pic.twitter.com/XCysfXYgZK
— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 3, 2020
Royal autographs seen on the wall of the Green Room of The 100 Club
The 100 Club commented: “It seems we really do get people from all walks of life down here at the venue. We had our first official Royal Visit today from Prince Charles and Camilla to talk about the impact the Culture Recovery Fund has had across the UK.”
— The 100 Club (@100clubLondon) December 4, 2020
Prince Charles and Camilla spoke to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London to discuss the Culture at Risk Emergency Fund. This is set to provide £2.3 million to vulnerable small businesses, which are vital to the diverse nightlife in the capital. These small businesses were forced to close during the first lockdown putting venues and jobs at risk of permanent closure.
Earlier this year, The Prince of Wales presented awards to individuals across the music industry. This is the first joint engagement since the royal couple visited the Bank of England in October.