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Many of London's theatres remain closed as a result of the coronavirus epidemic.


However, some have reopened or plan to do so in the coming weeks so shows are becoming available though still much-reduced in numbers.


Many shows that had originally been planned for this Autumn have already been rescheduled for 2021 or cancelled pending new dates being confirmed.


London was moved up to the tier 2 alert level at midnight on 16 October, but the current rules don't mean theatres need to close their doors again.


However, audience members are required to sit with people from their own household or support bubble and be socially distanced from other groups in the theatre.


Visiting theatres safely


From the publicity material available and information on websites, it's pretty clear that venues are going to considerable lengths to ensure audiences are safe when visiting theatres by putting in place wide-ranging measures.


These inevitably mean that your experience of going to the theatre will be rather different from pre-covid days.


Your visit many now include:


- making only advanced bookings

- staggering arrival times or with timed entry

- mandatory wearing of face coverings

- reduced seating capacity, arranged for example in 1s, 2s, 3s and 4s, with 1 metre between seats

- hand sanitising stations

- cashless payments

- contactless tickets

- pre-ordering your drinks.


And, of course, maintaining social distance.


Some theatres may also be checking your temperature on arrival and all are conducting enhanced and more frequent cleaning regimes including disinfecting their spaces.


You're advised to check the website of the theatre you intend visiting to ensure you understand and comply with their particular measures.


You'll find further details and some handy FAQs on the 'See it Safely' website.


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Little Wars - digital premiere

Tuesday 27 October 2020


Juliet Stevenson leads an all-star female cast in the digital premiere of Steven Carl McCasland's dinner party drama, Little Wars.


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Pirates Of Penzance at the Palace Theatre

Tuesday 27 October 2020


Sasha Regan is taking her award-winning All-male THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE to the original home of D’Oyly Carte Opera this December.


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Baaa Humbug! A Stocking Full of Show Tunes

Tuesday 27 October 2020


Les Miserables heartthrobs - Craig Mather, Toby Miles and Paul Wilkins - will take to the River Thames in a new performance with dining cruise experience.


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Trailer released for Private Peaceful

Monday 26 October 2020


Reliving the life of a young First World War soldier awaiting the firing squad, Private Peaceful is heading to the Garrick Theatre from 7 November.


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Arcola Theatre plans new space

Monday 26 October 2020


Dalston's Arcola Theatre plans to build a new outdoor performance space and bar, designed by multi-award-winning stage designer Jon Bausor.


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Everybody's Talking About Jamie to reopen

Friday 23 October 2020


Everybody's Talking About Jamie is scheduled to be the first of the West End's major musicals to restart performances.


The show will reopen at the Apollo Theatre from 28 November and is currently booking until 28 February 2021.


Inspired by a true story, the show follows Jamie New, a sixteen year-old who lives on a council estate and doesn't quite fit in.


Supported by his brilliant loving mum and surrounded by his friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness, into the spotlight.


Noah Thomas, Melissa Jacques, Sejal Keshwala, Hiba Elchikhe, Gillian Ford and Phil Nichol as Hugo/Loco Chanelle, lead the show's return back to the West End, with a twenty-five strong company and a nine-piece band.


The Apollo Theatre will operate strictly under the government's Tier 2 rules - more information is available here.


Click for Everybody's Talking About Jamie 2020 Trailer

Image courtesy Nimax Theatres


Dick Whittington at the National

Friday 23 October 2020


Pantos are rather thin on the ground this year, but the National Theatre is bringing the genre to its trasnformed Olivier stage in the guise of Dick Whittington (a version originally commissioned by the Lyric Hammersmith).


Updated for 2020 by Jude Christian and Cariad Lloyd, Ned Bennett directs the production which will run from 11 December to 23 January.


Public booking opens on Wednesday 4 November, at noon.


The National's Dick Whittington page is here.

Dick Whittington at the National Theatre

Image courtesy National Theatre


Bartholomew Abominations on BBC Radio

Thursday 22 October 2020


Disabled led theatre company, Graeae, are again joining forces with audio indie, Naked Productions, to present a reinvention of Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair for radio.


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Psychodrama heading to Never for Ever

Tuesday 20 October 2020


Psychodrama - a revenge tale about an actress under investigation for the murder of a theatre director - gets its world premiere at Never for Ever next month.


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Golden era revived in new musical

Tuesday 20 October 2020


Peter Polycarpou and Sally Ann Triplett revive the golden era in a new musical - 'Falling Stars' - playing at The Union Theatre on 22 and 29 November.


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All our longer news items are here - and you can catch-up with shorter news stories here.


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