The veteran actor makes a desperate plea.
Dame Judi Dench has shared has showed a solemn side of herself, admittinf she's afraid she won't see theaters reopen in her lifetime, after they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a candid interview with Channel 4 News, the 85-year-old admitted she felt deflated as she wasn't sure if the theater industry would recover without the British government's help.
Speaking about London's heritage theaters in the U.K, like the Old Vic - which are currently experiencing financial woes - the Dame said, "This is what we rely on."
"It's a desperate feeling," she continued. "Will they ever open again? I don't know. Certainly, I'm sure, not in my lifetime."
"I can't see how it's going to recover," she says on behalf of the theatric community.
“I can't see how it's going to recover.”— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) June 24, 2020
Dame Judi Dench reveals she fears theatres will not reopen in her lifetime after the coronavirus shutdown.
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The Cats star admitted it's a trying time for the wider community, but believed it was still an important cause.
"I'm not saying that it should be more prioritised than anything else. It's a very serious effect on all of us."
"If the theaters now close and become dark, I don't know when we're going to get them back," she said. "I can't see how it's going to recover."
Fans were quick to respond to her emotional plea, with one writing: "Thank you wonderful Dame Judi Dench for speaking about this terrible situation so honestly and brilliantly."
"My wife and many of her friends work as freelance makers in theatre. They haven't just lost their jobs, they've lost their industry," another Tweeted.
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