Six West End theatres will reopen next month with temperature checks, face masks and more legroom as seats are removed to improve social distancing

The venues will use the following measures:The audience will be socially distanced with seats removed, giving patrons more legroom.Patrons will have fill out a health questionnaire before they arrive. if you feel unwell before the play, Nimax will offer you a refund or a change of date until 10am on the day of the performance. Temperature checks […]

Tudor girl-band concert Six set to be first musical to reopen in West End

Created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss when they were undergraduates at Cambridge University, Six ran at the Arts theatre in London from September 2018 to March this year, when venues closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. It will now move temporarily to the larger Lyric theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue for a socially distanced 11-week […]

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap plots socially distanced West End reopening

Its record-breaking 67-year run in London was cut short in March by the coronavirus outbreak but The Mousetrap now plans to resume performances in autumn. Agatha Christie’s whodunnit, the longest-running show in the world, aims to reopen on 23 October as one of the West End’s first socially distanced productions.

‘Whoa, this is heavy!’ Back to the Future musical to open in London next year

The show previews from 14 May at the Adelphi theatre, owned by Andrew Lloyd Webber. On Tuesday, the composer and impresario borrowed a song title from his hit show The Phantom of the Opera when he told the parliamentary select committee that Covid had brought the arts sector to “the point of no return”. Lloyd […]

TALK OF THE TOWN: Garrick Club set to end 187-year ban on women

The only problem is he can’t find fish fingers on sale anywhere near his home in Provence. ‘Have you ever tried to buy fish fingers in a gastronomique area of France?’ he says. ‘I did ask and someone just shook their head at me.’

Alfie Boe set to sell house for millions as 16-year marriage comes to an end

An insider told The Sun at the time: “Alfie has told women he’s been chatting to on Raya that his marriage is over and they are going to divorce.

Sam Mendes calls on Netflix and Amazon to share ‘Covid-19 windfall’ with theatre

The director Sam Mendes has outlined a rescue package for theatre during the coronavirus crisis and warned that if the performing arts are not protected, “an ecosystem this intricate and evolved cannot be rebuilt from scratch”. Mendes’ suggested measures, outlined in a long article for the Financial Times, have been applauded by key figures in […]

Wife and three children of firefighter are killed in a blaze at their home just hours after they moved in while he battled a wildfire 200 miles away in Washington state

Volunteers with the Central and Southeast Washington disaster action team (DAT) responded to a mobile home fire in Benton City this morning, providing immediate assistance to a family of nine. #EndHomeFires pic.twitter.com/o6qhynFzq7

Coronavirus: Andrew Lloyd Webber tells MPs the air in his theatres is ‘purer than outside’ as he calls for help for industry

The venue in Kensington, west London, has lost £18m in income and refunded more than £6.5m in ticket sales in the six months since closing its doors in March – and was not eligible for an emergency grant from the government’s £1.57bn arts rescue package.

Woman charged over XR’s printing press blockade is 45-year-old British ‘ISIS Jihadi bride’ who claims she was just a volunteer interpreter in Syria before returning to UK to live on a canal boat while claiming benefits

Originally from Cork, he told the Mail he works as an eco-auditor who helps businesses be more environmentally friendly. He said: ‘We wanted people to wake up on Saturday morning and go to buy their paper and ask, ‘Why isn’t it here?’ They may be angry, but in a few weeks’ time they may start […]