Emma Rice, Kate Packenham, Josie Rourke and Rufus Norris
Emma Rice, Kate Packenham, Josie Rourke and Rufus Norris
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Following revelations in the media surrounding Max Stafford-Clark and in the American film industry about Harvey Weinstein, British theatres have made a joint statement.

Published on the individual theatres' websites, the statement applauds the bravery of the people who have called out "this abusive behaviour".

It said: "We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.

"We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre's Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account. "

The statement is made on behalf of executive and artistic directors at theatres in London and beyond such as the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon, the National Theatre, the Young Vic, Bristol Old Vic and Theatr Clwyd. Sonia Friedman Productions is also on the list of organisation. The Royal Court announced it would be holding a free for all, day of action at the theatre this weekend.

The statement reads in full:

"Following the reports and allegations of the last two weeks, first in America and, more recently, closer to home, we have come together to make clear that there can be no place for sexual harassment or abuse of power in our industry.

We salute the bravery of everyone who calls out this abusive behaviour. We support a theatre culture that empowers people to speak up: a culture where abuse of power is always challenged.

We are committed to working together to ensure that theatre is a safe space for all, where everyone is respected and listened to. The Royal Court Theatre's Day of Action on Saturday 28 October is one important part of this process. Together, we are developing further ways to support people to speak up and to hold others to account.

It is the responsibility of the industry to create and nurture a culture where unacceptable behaviour is swiftly challenged and addressed.

We want to be absolutely clear and say again: there is no room for sexual harassment or abuse of power in the theatre. Everyone deserves to enjoy a happy, healthy and safe working environment. We will support you to speak out, and we will hear you when you do."