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Final stage of the 'roadmap' reached
Since Monday 19 July 2021, the final legal restrictions to prevent the spread of coronavirus have been lifted.
This means that all theatres across London are now able to open without capacity limits or the need for mandated social distancing.
The legal requirement for people to wear face coverings in certain buildings and shops has been removed with the government leaving the issue to personal responsibility and recommending the use of masks in crowded indoor situations in particular.
If you were thinking that all this signals a return to the pre-covid kind of theatre experience we used to enjoy then you may be disappointed because many of the features imposed to control the virus will remain.
Julian Bird, Chief Executive of SOLT and UK Theatre, explained ...
"The thousands of people who have already come back to the theatre since 17 May have been overwhelmingly positive about their experience and how safe and comfortable they felt.
As we increase capacity, we want to ensure that this positive audience sentiment remains.
For this reason, we hope audience members show respect for fellow theatregoers and staff by continuing to wear face coverings when coming into our venues and moving around them."
According to SOLT and UK Theatre, the following measures will remain in place ...
- Enhanced cleaning
- Hand sanitiser stations
- Wearing of face coverings strongly encouraged, especially while moving around inside the venue
- Modified routes around the building to avoid overcrowding
- Recommendation that theatregoers bring minimal possessions
- Contactless ticketing, possible staggered arrival times and security checks
- Restricted Stage Door activities post-show
- 'Book with Confidence, Exchange with Ease' pledge allowing exchanges up to 24 hours ahead of a performance if a ticket holder cannot attend due to Covid.
However, temperature checks and compulsory check-in via the NHS app before entry to theatres may be dropped.
SOLT represents London's larger theatres, especially in the West End, so these conditions may not all apply to the many smaller theatres across the capital.
We advise checking theatre websites for the latest information about the measures they are using before booking or visiting.
You can also check the 'See It Safely' industray website for the latest information.
What's happening with shows?
Some West End shows have re-started performances, but some still remain suspended.
Most shows have set dates for reopening, though some won't be back until late summer or early Autumn.
Smaller theatres around the capital have announced new seasons.
A number of West End shows have had to cancel performances because of cast or crew having to isolate - this disruption to schedules may well continue at theatres all over London for some time to come.
A Midsummer Night's Dream from Persever Productions
Monday 23 August 2021
Persever Productions and Drama Studio London, in a new partnership, are bringing a 60 minute version of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to Walpole Park in Ealing over the bank holiday weekend, from 27 to 30 August.
A company of professional actors, students and recent graduates from Drama Studio London will transport you to an enchanted Athenian Forest for a story of confusion and chaos, madness and mirth.
Performances cancelled at King's Head
Thursday 22 July 2021
The headline show in the King’s Head Theatre's summer Queer Season, is cancelling its first three performances.
The Browning Version cancelled
Monday 19 July 2021
The Browning Version at Riverside Studios has been cancelled due to an increasing number of Covid-enforced absences.
Swimming at the White Bear Theatre
Monday 19 July 2021
Alex Bower's 'Swimming' heads to the White Bear Theatre this August, after a sell-out run in 2019, directed by Kayla Feldman
A Rat, A Rat at the Golden Goose Theatre
Friday 9 July 2021
Chloe Yates' play 'A Rat, A Rat', shortlisted for the inaugural Women's Prize for Playwriting, will play this August at the new Golden Goose Theatre in Camberwell.
The Funny Girls at New Wimbledon Theatre
Wednesday 7 July 2021
Barbra Streisand and Joan Rivers reunite in a brand new comedy 'The Funny Girls' - heading to the New Wimbledon Theatre this September.
Bloomsbury Festival 2021 - initial line-up
Tuesday 6 July 2021
Bloomsbury Festival has announced the first twenty five events for this year's outing, including collaborations with London Handel Festival and the British Library.
Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best at The Space
Monday 5 July 2021
Following a successful tour, Cheese at Fourpence Theatre company are reviving ‘Hello Georgie, Goodbye Best' for a post-pandemic audience at The Space.
Love Letters in Hornchurch
Wednesday 30 June 2021
Lucy Benjamin will star in the premiere of a new jukebox musical 'Love Letters', written and directed by Douglas Rintoul, at Queen's Theatre Hornchurch.
Casting for The Game of Love and Chance
Thursday 24 June 2021
Casting is announced for the Arcola Theatre's first production in its new outdoor space - an adaptation of Pierre de Marivaux’s romantic comedy, The Game of Love and Chance.
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