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    Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that it's time to "squeeze the brake pedal" and that the reopening of indoor activities, such as casinos, bowling alleys, and theatres, will be delayed by a fortnight until 15 August. These endeavors were previously announced to resume this weekend on 1 August, but Johnson delayed the reopening due to a concern over increased coronavirus cases.In addition to social distancing protocols, Johnson announced that masks will be required in more indoor...

  • Ralph Fiennes with David Hare

    London's Bridge Theatre will resume live performances in late August with a series of monologue plays, the Daily Mail reported. The plays will feature high-profile performers, including the multi-award winning Ralph Fiennes.The season is planned to commence with Beat the Devil, a new monologue play by David Hare in which Ralph Fiennes will play the author himself. The play focuses on Hare's own experience of contracting and surviving Covid-19, and looks at his frustration with how the public...

  • Leading West End producer Andre Ptaszynski

    Andre Ptaszynski, one the West End's leading producers and figures, died on Wednesday. The Olivier-Award winning man behind international hit musicals including Matilda the Musical, Groundhog Day, Love Never Dies and Bombay Dreams was 67.Organisations and industry leaders paid tribute to Ptasynski, including his close associate Andrew Lloyd Webber, who tweeted "Farewell dear Andre. All my love, Andrew."In an emotional tweet from the National Theatre, the joint chief executives Lisa Burger and...

  • Royal Albert Hall

    BBC has announced that it will release its 2012 Prom, The Broadway Sound, available to watch on iPlayer.The performance, which was lead by The John Wilson Orchestra at The Royal Albert Hall, takes a look at the history of Broadway's hit showtunes, with music by Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story, Candide), Cole Porter (Anything Goes), Jerry Herman (Mame, Hello, Dolly!), and more. Performers Sierra Boggess, Anna-Jane Casey, Seth Macfarlane, Julian Ovenden, and more perform with the orchestra. The...

  • Once on This Island

    Disney+ has announced its plans to adapt Once on This Island into a musical film. Playwright Jocelyn Bioh will adapt the story for the screen, and the film will be directed by Wanuri Kahiu (From a Whisper) and produced by Mark Platt (Wicked). A release date for the new film is to be confirmed. The musical, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, depicts the story of an impoverished young girl from the French Antillies who falls in love with a wealthy young man and uses...

  • The West End production of The Phantom of the Opera

    Producer Cameron Mackintosh, writing in London's Evening Standard newspaper about his frustration with the government's handling of the Covid-19 crisis, has stated that his London production of The Phantom of the Opera has "permanently shut down." While going on to say he and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show's composer and co-producer, "are determined to bring it back," his statement has been widely reported as signifying the end of the Phantom's 34-year reign of London's theatreland.However, in a...

  • Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden

    Oliver Dowden, the UK's Culture Secretary, revealed that the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that no date would be given for full reopening of UK theatres before November "at the earliest." Speaking on BBC Radio 4, his announcement has dealt a blow to theatre producers and owners who had been hoping for a reopening date to work towards. While not confirming what reopening date might be offered, Dowden said, "We will make the decision as rapidly as we can. But given where we are globally,...

  • The National Theatre

    The National Theatre has revealed that it is exploring the potential for social distancing in the venue, a move which could see its theatres and public spaces reopen for the first time since March.As reported in The Stage newspaper, the theatre said in a statement: "On the South Bank we are modelling a reconfiguration of our theatre spaces to allow audiences in social bubbles to attend together and similar initiatives are under investigation all over the country.""Performing in this way would...

  • Ricardo Afonso as Judas in the Barbican Centre season

    The complete cast for the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre summer concert revival of Jesus Christ Superstar has been announced. The production is due to open at the popular outdoor London venue on 14 August, running for 60 performances through the summer.The three lead roles will be shared by different performers across different performances, giving theatregoers the chance to see some of the stars of both the original Regent's Park run in addition to last year's return season at the Barbican...

  • David Tennant

    UPDATE: Good is now postponed indefinitely at the Harold Pinter Theatre. New dates are to be announced. Read here for more information.Good, the revival of C.P. Taylor's play starring David Tennant, has announced that it will postpone its planned West End premiere until spring 2021. It had been due to begin a 10-week run at the Playhouse Theatre on 6 October 2020.In announcing the postponement, director Dominic Cooke said "C.P. Taylor's play, which deals with collective denial, feels more...

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