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  • A Little Night Music at Opera Holland Park (Photo by Danny Kaan)

    Last weekend, I attended my first live, in-person theatre show since we went into lockdown in March. It was Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical A Little Night Music, a quickly assembled concert production staged at the beautiful Opera Holland Park (OHP) - which had to scrap its planned season and has instead been doing one-off concerts.So, what was it like to get back to theatre with social distancing in place?<a href="#What safety measures are in place at socially distanced...

  • Clint Dyer will direct the piece, which he also wrote with Roy Williams

    London's prestigious National Theatre announced that it will reopen its doors for the first time since March to audiences with a new play, which will open in its largest auditorium, the Olivier Theatre, in October. In line with Stage Four of theatre reopening, which comes into effect on 15 August, audiences will be required to socially distance. The new play, Death of England: Delroy was written by Clint Dyer and Roy Williams as a sequel to their critically-acclaimed Death of England, which...

  • Last Five Years press image

    UPDATE: The Last Five Years will now play for an extended run at Southwark Playhouse, with performances now scheduled to November 14th. Molly Lynch and Oli Higginson will return to their roles of Cathy and Jamie.Jason Robert Brown's award-winning musical The Last Five Years will return to the Southwark Playhouse to continue its run, after the production was cut short in March due to the closure of theatres as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Southwark Playhouse will reopen its doors with...

  • Jesus Christ Superstar at the Open Air Theatre

    Even though the audience will be socially distanced at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, more people will be able to experience Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert thanks to live screen relay technology, which will allow each performance to be screened to theatregoers on the venue's lawn. The production begins performances on 14 August, and lawn seating tickets will initially be available for performances 19-30 August. "With the support of everyone involved, we are delighted to have found a way to...

  • The West End cast of Mamma Mia!

    The hit ABBA musical Mamma Mia! has confirmed to The Stage newspaper that it has released all of its West End cast and stage management from their contracts, in light of the continuing Covid-19 shutdown.With continuing uncertainty of when West End venues will be able to reopen without social distancing measures in place and no update on timing expected until November, this move is the latest development as long-running shows prepare for continued disruption.It has been reported that Mamma Mia!...

  • Imelda Staunton in A Lady of Letters, part of the Talking Heads series

    The Bridge Theatre have announced which of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologues will be performed in repertory at the Bankside venue when it reopens with social distancing from August.The all-star cast, each reprising roles they performed in the recent BBC filmed series, include Imelda Staunton, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Lesley Manville. The monologues in full are:Monica Dolan in The Shrine directed by Nicholas HytnerTamsin Greig in Nights in the Gardens of Spain directed by Marianne...

  • C-o-n-t-a-c-t

    Following a very successful run in Paris this summer, the new show C-o-n-t-a-c-t, created by Samuel Sené and Gabrielle Jourdain, will make its UK premiere this month. C-o-n-t-a-c-t will start performances on 31 August and runs through 10 October. Hailed for its creative approach to present theatre in a way that maintains social distancing, C-o-n-t-a-c-t will run for six weeks throughout various locations in London, with each performance allowing a maximum of 15 people to attend. The first three...

  • Albion, starring Victoria Hamilton and Daisy Edgar-Jones

    As part of their Culture in Quarantine series, the BBC has announced that it will release the Almeida Theatre's Albion, starring Victoria Hamilton (The Crown) and Daisy Edgar-Jones (Normal People) this August. The critically acclaimed play will be broadcast on Sunday 16 August at 10:10pm on BBC4.The gripping drama, written by Mike Bartlett (King George III) and directed by Rupert Goold (Judy, Ink), returned to the Almeida Theatre in a sold-out run in February, after a sold-out and critically...

  • West End

    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...

  • 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...

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