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

A hit at the Edinburgh fringe in 2018, Six has become one of London’s most popular new musicals, regularly packing out the intimate Arts theatre, where tribute drawings by its hardcore fans – know as the Queendom – hang in the foyer and there are themed cocktails at the bar. There have been Six karaoke […]

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

When it does, the theatre will reduce its capacity of 550 by around two-thirds, depending on the size of household groups attending. The plans have been put together in compliance with stage four of the the government’s five-point “roadmap” for the return of live theatre performances. Stage four will see “performances allowed indoors/outdoors (but with […]

RADA students demand George Bernard Shaw’s name be dropped from drama school’s theatre because of playwright’s support for eugenics and fascism

In their submission to RADA on June 29, the students said: ‘What black people experience with an education that is filtered through imperialism, colonialism, white supremacy and a westernised history, is not solved by shoehorning in black texts, or making Hamlet black. 

Not just for Christmas: panto cancellations threaten theatres’ future

Though it is only August, pantos take months to prepare and many venues and producers have been unable to commit to spending money on shows that might be scrapped. Theatr Clwyd in Mold, the Tron in Glasgow and Sheffield Theatres are among those that have already postponed their pantos until next year. On Monday, Canterbury’s […]

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 […]

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

Robbie Williams’s party lifestyle has taken such a toll on him, he forgot the words to one of Take That’s most popular songs. The X Factor judge, 44, needed the lyrics to The Flood on an autocue at last week’s gala performance of the Take That musical, The Band. If Robbie’s coming back for good, […]

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

Mr Hassall said the venue was “fortunate to have supportive members and private donors who have given generously”, but that “unfortunately, the rescue package fanfare has given many potential donors the false sense that we are being sufficiently supported elsewhere”.

Star-studded cast of Covid-19 escapees return for Kiwi musical theatre tour

“It’s a real gift, the joy associated with this job. I’m a proud Māori man and I love my homeland. I never would have left if I could have had a career here.”

‘Unprecedented’ Pacific Northwest fires approach Portland

In Oregon, at least four major fires were burning in Clackamas County, a suburban county in Oregon that’s a bedroom community of Portland. The entire county of nearly 420,000 people was put on notice to be ready to evacuate late Tuesday amid winds gusting up to 30 mph (48kph).