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Theatres are reopening!

Most London theatres were closed for over a year from March 2020 - though a few were open intermittently when government restrictions were relaxed during last summer and the early Autumn.

However, from Monday 17 May, London's theatres (together with all theatres across England) have been able to open for performances with audiences present.

Larger theatres face capacity restrictions, so you may find getting tickets to some shows will be tricky for a while and some theatres, especially in the West End, will not be reopening immediately.

If you're planning to visit a theatre soon, you'll still find a range of measures in place such as mask-wearing during performances, social distancing and e-tickets or print at home tickets and some venues may be taking your temperature before allowing entry.

For full details of what to expect when you visit a theatre, check the venue's website.

The government was planning a further stage in its roadmap from Monday 21 June where all further restrictions would be lifted, enabling theatres to open with full capacity without social distancing.

However, rising infection rates in England have now led to a postponement in the final phase of the government's roadmap until 19 July 2021.

This means that the current restrictions on capacity for larger theatres and social distancing at venues will continue for the next few weeks.

The Prime Minister has said that the final stage of restriction easing could come before 19 July if virus cases and other data prove favourable.

He also indicated that trials will be effected for theatre performances with full capacity audiences though details have yet to be announced.

What's happening with shows?

Though a few West End shows have started performances since May 17, many of London's most popular West End shows have remained suspended and some will continue in that state for some time.

However, most shows have now set dates for reopening, though some won't be back until late summer or early Autumn.

As the government's roadmap has now been postponed, some productions may face more delays.

Some smaller theatres have announced new seasons and we have been adding new shows to our listings but the theatre scene across London remains a little patchy with many venues yet to announce reopening plans, mostly because they are waiting for confirmation that capacity restrictions and other measures will be lifted.

Some other productions are still available online with both on-demand and live performances 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 know so far...

& 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 - The Tina Turner Musical - Aldwych Theatre - from 28 July 2021

Wicked - Apollo Victoria Theatre - from 15 September 2021

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


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Bad Nights and Odd Days at Greenwich Theatre

Monday 14 June 2021

Greenwich Theatre adds fourth production by Caryl Churchill to the season of short plays, 'Bad Nights and Odd Days'.

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Sunnymead Court - Arcola Theatre

Monday 14 June 2021

Following its critically acclaimed, sell-out run at Tristan Bates Theatre in 2020, Offie-nominated Sunnymead Court heads to Arcola Theatre as part of their outdoor festival.

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Polka Theatre reopening season

Friday 11 June 2021

Following a major capital redevelopment programme, Polka Theatre launches its reopening season.

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Pippin heads to Charing Cross Theatre

Wednesday 9 June 2021

A major new London production of 'Pippin' for an ensemble cast of 8 will run for 7 weeks, staged in the round, at Charing Cross Theatre.

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From Here: A New British Musical at Chiswick Playhouse

Wednesday 9 June 2021

SIX’s Grace Mouat and Bat Out of Hell's Andrew Patrick-Walker are cast in 'From Here: A New British Musical' premiering at Chiswick Playhouse.

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What the Ladybird Heard to tour

Tuesday 8 June 2021

The stage show of the much-loved picture book by Julia Donaldson and award-winning illustrator Lydia Monks will be touring this Autumn.

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Sh!t-faced Shakespeare at Leicester Square Theatre

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Sh!t-faced Shakespeare® is back for the 5th year at Leicester Square Theatre with their all-new production of Macbeth.

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New digital arts festival

Monday 7 June 2021

Chronic Insanity are launching a new online digital arts festival, Puncture The Screen, starting on 29 July.

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Casting for My Night with Reg

Monday 7 June 2021

The cast is announced for Kevin Elyot’s award-winning comedy My Night with Reg, due at The Turbine Theatre from 7 July.

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More events for Origins Festival

Wednesday 2 June 2021

Border Crossings have announced the next phase of their year-long Origins Festival with a thought-provoking collection of streamed events from Indigenous creatives.

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