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Most London theatres have been closed continually since March 2020 - though a few were open intermittently when government restrictions were relaxed during last summer and the early Autumn.

And London's theatres still remain closed and unable to present shows to live audiences.

However, things are about to change with theatres now granted permission to reopen from 17 May 2021 ...

Next stage of the roadmap

The government is currently in the latter stages of effecting a roadmap for relaxing social restrictions in England due to the coronavirus epidemic.

In an announcement by the UK Prime Minister on Monday 10 May, it was confirmed that theatres can reopen on 17 May.

The news comes in the wake of much-improved data on falling coronavirus cases, hospitalisations and deaths, and the continued successful and widespread roll-out of the vaccine programme.

Larger theatres will face some capacity restrictions from 17 May, but it is hoped that at the next point in the roadmap on 21 June, all restrictions will be removed.

An audible sigh of relief - and a more than small hint of joy - can almost be heard echoing across London's theatre community who are all desperate to bring live theatre to audiences once again.

What's happening with shows?

London's most popular West End shows currently remain suspended as has been the case since March 2020.

However, many big shows have now set dates for reopening, though these are still subject to government restrictions on capacity.

Some smaller theatres have also announced new seasons and dates for reopening and we have been adding new shows to our listings.

We are expecting a rash of new season announcements pouring from theatres across the capital as they get back into the swing of putting on shows.

Some other productions are still available online with both on-demand and live performances (without audiences present) being streamed and we are expecting that online shows - which have become more popular and numerous over the past year - will remain as part of the overall theatrical offering from London's theatres and producers.

Reopening announcements

Many West End shows have announced dates for reopening - here's a summary of what we currently know ...

& Juliet - Shaftesbury Theatre - from 24 September 2021

Anything Goes - Barbican - from 23 July 2021

Back to the Future - Adelphi Theatre - from 20 August 2021

Cinderella - Gillian Lynne Theatre - from 25 June 2021

Come From Away - Phoenix Theatre - from 22 July 2021

DEAR EVAN HANSON - Noël Coward Theatre - 26 October 2021

Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Apollo Theatre - reopens 20 May 2021

Frozen - Theatre Royal Drury Lane - opening 27 August 2021

Hairspray - London Coliseum - from 22 June 2021

Hamilton - Victoria Palace Theatre - from 19 August 2021

Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Palace Theatre - suspended until 10 October 2021 with performances (hopefully) restarting from 14 October 2021

Jersey Boys - Trafalgar Theatre - from 28 July 2021

Joseph & the Amazing Tech Dreamcoat - London Palladium - starts 1 July 2021

Leopoldstadt - Wyndham's Theatre - from 7 August 2021

Les Misérables - Sondheim Theatre - staged concert from 20 May 2021; full show from 25 September 2021

Life of Pi - Wyndham's Theatre - from 14 November 2021

Mamma Mia - Novello Theatre - reopens 25 August

Mary Poppins - Prince Edward Theatre - from 7 August 2021

Matilda - Cambrdige Theatre - 16 September 2021

Only Fools and Horses - Theatre Royal Haymarket - from 1 October 2021

Phantom of the Opera - Her Majesty's Theatre - from 27 July 2021

Pretty Woman The Musical - Savoy Theatre - from 1 July 2021

Six - Lyric Theatre - from 21 May 2021

The Book of Mormon - Prince of Wales Theatre - from 15 November 2021

The Drifters Girl - Garrick Theatre - from 4 November 2021

The Lion King - Lyceum Theatre - from 29 July 2021

The Mousetrap - St Martins Theatre - from 17 May 2021

The Play That Goes Wrong - Duchess Theatre - from 18 June 2021

The Prince of Egypt - Dominion Theatre - from 1 July 2021

The Woman in Black - Fortune Theatre - from 25 May 2021

Tina - Aldwych Theatre - from 24 June 2021

Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre - from 15 September 2021

Witness for the Prosecution - London County Hall - from 18 May 2021


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Staircase coming to Southwark Playhouse

Thursday 13 May 2021

Paul Rider and John Sackville will star in Charles Dyer's 'Staircase', not seen in London for more than 50 years.

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I Could Use A Drink - West End premiere

Tuesday 11 May 2021

After a successful streaming event, Drew Gasparini's hit album, 'I Could Use A Drink' will get its West End premiere at the Garrick Theatre in August.

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Footprints Festival programme announced

Thursday 29 April 2021

Details have been announced for Jermyn Street Theatre's Footprints Festival featuring 43 shows presented live on stage and live online from 17 May to 1 August.

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Theatre for Two in pop-up venue

Tuesday 27 April 2021

We Are Kilter’s 'Theatre For Two', featuring for new micro-plays, will be presented in a covid-secure pop-up venue at four locations between 5 June and 7 July.

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The Bridge House Theatre to relaunch

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Closed last December, The Bridge House Theatre is set to get a relaunch and a new lease of life this summer under the artistic direction of Luke Adamson

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Magic and illusion returns to West End

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Wonderment will bring some of the greatest illusionists to the West End's Palace Theatre from 16 July to 30 August.

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What the Ladybird Heard - Palace Theatre

Wednesday 21 April 2021

The stage show of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks flies into the Palace Theatre for a limited summer season.

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Scaramouche Jones or the Seven White Masks

Monday 19 April 2021

There's another chance to catch Shane Richie in the acclaimed digital revival of Justin Butcher's Scaramouche Jones or The Seven White Masks when it streams again this May.

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Brighton Fringe returns

Monday 12 April 2021

Brighton Fringe for 2021 will be a hybrid festival with a mixture of live and digital shows including cabaret, circus and comedy, dance, drama and drag!

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Dare To Look Down!

Monday 12 April 2021

A six-part postcard drama taking audiences on a ride through history, written by Jack McNamara, can be mailed to you from 25th May.

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