West End theatres can finally reopen when London enters Tier 2 next week.
London will enter Tier 2 when the national lockdown comes to an end on December 2, which means that West End theatres can finally reopen! After many months without live theatre and days spent in despair, I was beginning to completely lose hope of ever setting foot in a theatre again. Dramatic, I know, but it’s very on brand for a theatre-lover like myself.
Performances and indoor events that were scheduled for December have now officially been given the green light to open. Venues and theatregoers will, of course, be expected to follow Covid-19 secure guidelines. Under the new regulations, up to 1000 patrons or 50% of capacity (whichever is lower) will be able to attend, and social distancing will be maintained throughout.
A number of shows including Everybody’s Talking About Jamie and Six, were actually meant to open their doors this month, however lockdown 2.0 crushed that dream very quickly. They were postponed to December and will therefore be able to take the stage as soon as we enter Tier 2.
Similarly, shows that actually planned on opening next month will be able to without having to cancel or postpone. Among the list is the first all-drag murder mystery Death Drop, as well as Roles We’ll Never Play, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical and The Comeback. And those wanting to celebrate the festive season with a theatrical performance can enjoy A Christmas Carol or Potted Panto in person. The show must go on, and after several months it finally will.