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BE MORE CHILL Suspends Performances in London After Positive COVID Test Within Compan PhotoBE MORE CHILL Suspends Performances in London After Positive COVID Test Within Company
by Nicole Rosky - August 10, 2021

Be More Chill has joined the growing list of West End shows to have to suspend performances due to a positive COVID test result within its company. 
Delfont Mackintosh Theatres Will Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Te PhotoDelfont Mackintosh Theatres Will Require Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test
by Stephi Wild - July 30, 2021

Learn more about options you have as a patron of the theatres here!
Andrew Lloyd Webber Begs the UK Government For Help After CINDERELLA Cancels Opening PhotoAndrew Lloyd Webber Begs the UK Government For Help After CINDERELLA Cancels Opening
by Stephi Wild - July 20, 2021

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella will not open this week as previously planned. This past weekend, the production was forced to cancel both performances set to take place on 17 July 2021, due to 'Covid related precautionary measures.'
Many UK Theatre Restrictions Will Lift Soon, But Masks Remain 'Strongly Encouraged' PhotoMany UK Theatre Restrictions Will Lift Soon, But Masks Remain 'Strongly Encouraged'
by Chloe Rabinowitz - July 14, 2021

Following today’s official Government confirmation that remaining Covid restrictions will be lifted from 19 July in England, UK theatres are looking forward to welcoming back audiences. President of UK Theatre, said: ‘This will hopefully be a turning point on the road to recovery and longer-term financial viability for our world-leading sector,'
SOLT & UK Theatre Release Statement on COVID-19 Contact Rules: 'More Theatre and Show PhotoSOLT & UK Theatre Release Statement on COVID-19 Contact Rules: 'More Theatre and Shows Will Be Forced to Close'
by Stephi Wild - July 7, 2021

The Government has announced that it is extending restrictions around COVID-19 contacts in England until 16 August.
England to Resume 'Normal' Life From July 19 PhotoEngland to Resume 'Normal' Life From July 19
by Matt Wolf - July 5, 2021

English life looks set to return to something resembling normalcy from July 19, following UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement this evening that the majority of the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus are due to end in two weeks - a month later than had originally been planned. With COVID-19 cases nonetheless on the rise due to the Delta variant, the government pointed to a successful vaccination rollout to instil confidence in relaxing the limits that have been imposed on social contacts at theatres, concerts, and sports events, as well as weddings and funerals.
Under Pressure from Entertainment Industry, UK Government Releases Findings of Events PhotoUnder Pressure from Entertainment Industry, UK Government Releases Findings of Events Research Programme
by Nicole Rosky - June 25, 2021

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and artists within the theatre and music industries in the UK announced that they would take legal action against the UK Government to release the results of their COVID-19 Events Research Programme, which was established to study the risk of transmission of COVID-19 at large events. Today, the UK Government has officially released the findings.
CIRQUE BERSERK! to Return to the Garrick Theatre in The West End This August PhotoCIRQUE BERSERK! to Return to the Garrick Theatre in The West End This August
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 24, 2021

Britain’s biggest theatre-circus spectacular, Cirque Berserk!, will bring its record-breaking show back to London’s West End, at The Garrick Theatre from 25 August – 11 September 2021. 
Casting Announced For MATILDA THE MUSICAL West End Return PhotoCasting Announced For MATILDA THE MUSICAL West End Return
by Stephi Wild - June 22, 2021

Matilda The Musical is now booking through to 13 February 2022. Learn more about the cast, the production, and how to book tickets here!
UK Premiere of INDECENT, Starring Alexandra Silber & More, Will Re-Open Menier Chocol PhotoUK Premiere of INDECENT, Starring Alexandra Silber & More, Will Re-Open Menier Chocolate Factory
by Stephi Wild - June 17, 2021

Opening in the company's new smaller studio space, The Mixing Room, is the world première of Brian & Roger – A Highly Offensive Play inspired by their hit podcast Brian & Roger, written and performed by Harry Peacock and Dan Skinner. Artistic Director of the Menier David Babani directs the production opening in October.
What Does the Delay of Lockdown Easing Mean for West End Shows? PhotoWhat Does the Delay of Lockdown Easing Mean for West End Shows?
by Nicole Rosky - June 14, 2021

West End productions, including Six, Les Miserables, Hairspray and more have shared updates on what today's news means for audiences for the next month:
UK Government Postpones Full Re-Opening of West End Theatres; SOLT & UK Theatre Relea PhotoUK Government Postpones Full Re-Opening of West End Theatres; SOLT & UK Theatre Release Statement
by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 14, 2021

Earlier today, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that it will be a bit longer than expected before West End theatres are able to fully re-open. While lockdown rules were previously set to lift on June 21, the next phase will now be delayed by four weeks to July 19, due to the surge of Delta variant cases in the UK.
Producer Sonia Friedman Calls on the UK Government to Help Amidst Rising Concerns For PhotoProducer Sonia Friedman Calls on the UK Government to Help Amidst Rising Concerns For the Future of the West End
by Stephi Wild - June 14, 2021

Producer Sonia Friedman has penned an article for The Telegraph about her fears for the future of the West End. Friedman went on to say that the UK Government must step in and help out in order to save the industry
Playhouse Theatre Will Be Transformed to In-The-Round Venue For CABARET, Starring Edd PhotoPlayhouse Theatre Will Be Transformed to In-The-Round Venue For CABARET, Starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley
by Stephi Wild - June 11, 2021

A planning application to Westminster City Council has outlined work being done to the venue, including removing the stalls seating and building up the orchestra pit to provide an “elliptical stage”, re-raking seats in the dress circle, and expanding the bar.
Lily Allen Will Make Her West End Debut in 2:22 - A GHOST STORY Beginning 3 August PhotoLily Allen Will Make Her West End Debut in 2:22 - A GHOST STORY Beginning 3 August
by Stephi Wild - June 10, 2021

Jenny (Lily Allen) believes her new home is haunted, but her husband Sam (Hadley Fraser) isn't having any of it. They argue with their first dinner guests, old friend Lauren (Julia Chan) and new partner Ben (Jake Wood). Can the dead really walk again? Belief and scepticism clash, but something feels strange and frightening, and that something is getting closer, so they're going to stay up… until 2:22… and then they'll know.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Threatens to Defy UK Government to Reopen Theatres at Full Capaci PhotoAndrew Lloyd Webber Threatens to Defy UK Government to Reopen Theatres at Full Capacity
by A.A. Cristi - June 8, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber is continuing his passionate crusade to reopen theatres at full capacity by the end of the month, even if it means defying measures set forth by the UK government.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON! LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE Raises £1 Million For Charities PhotoTHE SHOW MUST GO ON! LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE Raises £1 Million For Charities
by Stephi Wild - June 7, 2021

Following a record-breaking week of THE SHOW MUST GO ON! LIVE AT THE PALACE THEATRE, the creators, Theatre Support Fund+ announced at the show last night they have reached an incredible milestone of raising £1million pounds for theatre charities.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Threatens to Sue UK Government if Theatres Can Not Reopen at Full PhotoAndrew Lloyd Webber Threatens to Sue UK Government if Theatres Can Not Reopen at Full Capacity on June 21
by Stephi Wild - June 3, 2021

Andrew Lloyd Webber has threatened to sue the UK government if they do not allow theatres to operate at full capacity from June 21. Indoor entertainment venues were able to reopen on May 17 at half capacity, but many theatres have remained shut due to the financial struggles of playing to less than a full audience.
The State of the London Stage: What's Coming in June 2021 PhotoThe State of the London Stage: What's Coming in June 2021
by Matt Wolf - June 1, 2021

And they're off! London theatres have been open for several weeks now, and the reviews once again are coming hard and fast as a glance at this very site will confirm. Quick off the mark have been the smaller-sized shows: solo plays like Cruise or Harm or a three-person West End entry like Amy Berryman's Walden (though that title was beset by pre-opening dramas of its own, more of which below). But as the big musicals prepare their own re-emergence on to a scene marked out already by the producer Sonia Friedman's RE:EMERGE season (of which Walden is the first of three to open), excitement is in the air. The question now remains as to who, precisely, the audience is likely to be for these shows, given the difficulty for many in travelling to the UK.
TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Will Return to the West End on 28 July PhotoTINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL Will Return to the West End on 28 July
by Stephi Wild - May 20, 2021

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical will re-open at the Aldwych Theatre on 28 July 2021 following over a year of shutdown - get the new show schedule here including new Sunday performances!
Social Roundup: London Celebrates the Reopening of Live Theatre with #BackonStage PhotoSocial Roundup: London Celebrates the Reopening of Live Theatre with #BackonStage
by Taylor Brethauer-Hamling - May 17, 2021

To celebrate the return to live theatre, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has launched an outdoor advertising campaign, #BackOnStage.
SOLT Launches #BackOnStage Advertising Campaign to Celebrate the Return of Live Theat PhotoSOLT Launches #BackOnStage Advertising Campaign to Celebrate the Return of Live Theatre
by Stephi Wild - May 17, 2021

Theatres are now allowed to reopen from today, 17 May, with social distancing. From 21 June, shows will be able to perform to full audiences. To celebrate the return to live theatre, the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has launched an outdoor advertising campaign, #BackOnStage.
National Theatre Adopts Riedel DisTag PhotoNational Theatre Adopts Riedel DisTag
by Stephi Wild - May 15, 2021

The National Theatre in London is the latest organization to adopt Riedel Communications’ all-new DisTag distance monitoring device. Worn around the neck or carried in a pocket, DisTag immediately alerts the wearer via haptic, visual, and acoustic signals whenever the mandatory minimum distance to other people is about to be breached.
EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE National Tour Will Resume Performances in September 2 PhotoEVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE National Tour Will Resume Performances in September 2021
by Stephi Wild - May 14, 2021

Everybody's Talking About Jamie's UK tour will recommence in September 2021. West End star Layton Williams reprises the role of Jamie New.
THE LION KING Announces New Cast Members For West End Return Including Kayi Ushe as S PhotoTHE LION KING Announces New Cast Members For West End Return Including Kayi Ushe as Simba
by Stephi Wild - May 12, 2021

The West End production of DISNEY'S THE LION KING will welcome 14 new members to its cast of over 50 actors, singers and dancers when it reopens its doors this summer.

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