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  • Photo credit: Full capacity theatre (Photo by Vlah Dumitru on Unsplash)

    With the Coronavirus roadmap detailing the easing of lockdown restrictions in England, mentions of so-called "vaccine passports" have dominated headlines. Currently, we are in Step Four of the Coronavirus roadmap, which means theatres can open at full capacity. What does this mean for West End theatres? Here's everything you need to know about vaccine passports and theatre.What is a vaccine passport?Currently, any individual who has received either one or both doses of the Coronavirus vaccine...

  • Photo credit: Old Vic (photo by duncan c on Flickr under CC 2.0.

    As part of the Old Vic's week-long celebration of International Women's Day next month, two new works have been commissioned. Putting A Face On and Aisha (the black album) will both explore the social and political status of women, available to stream from 8 March.Kiri Pritchard-McLean directs her own work, Putting A Face On, starring Susan Wokoma. Set in the present-day, the work will explore the impact of gaslighting — making someone question their self-worth by purposely confusing them and...

  • Photo credit: Apollo Theatre (Photo courtesy of Nimax Theatres)

    With the news that London theatres can reopen in May, Nimax Theatre's chief executive has laid out plans to reopen all six of it West End venues. Speaking to The Stage, Nica Burns spoke about how all its West End venues could reopen in a matter of months, affecting the Apollo Theatre, Duchess Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Palace Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre.Burns told The Stage: "We are definitely going to open all six theatres with social distancing, and are now working on our...

  • Photo: London concert (Photo by Samuel Regan-Asante on Unsplash)

    As part of the latest Coronavirus roadmap announced by Boris Johnson in the House of Commons yesterday, discussions on driving the country of lockdown have been confirmed. In the four-step plan, theatres will be able to open in step three, with a provisional date set for 17 May.In step three, large-scale events will also be able to take place, as part of the Events Research Programme. In this new initiative, larger crowd sizes will be able to congregate together, with examiners deciding how...

  • Photo credit: Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis (Photo courtesy of Rise Up With Arts)

    To celebrate World Theatre Day, an all-star virtual variety show will be broadcast live from London. Rise Up With Arts will showcase the importance and transformative power that theatre and dance can hold, available to watch live on 27 March.Rise Up With Arts is created by Pasha Kovalev and Anya Garnis, who've both competed as professional dancers in Strictly Come Dancing. Speaking about the upcoming event, they said: "having not been able to perform throughout 2020 and seeing many friends...

  • Photo credit: 2019 Off-Broadway cast of Ordinary Days (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

    After four off-West End productions, Adam Gwon's musical Ordinary Days will receive its virtual premiere next month, it has been announced. The romcom style musical will be staged and filmed in a theatre, prior to being available to stream from 31 March - 6 April.Ordinary Days sees four New Yorkers connect with one another in one of the busiest cities in the world, all while searching for a hopeful future. Ordinary Days made its world premiere at London's Finborough Theatre in 2008, starring...

  • Photo credit: Shane Richie (Photo courtesy of Loco Talent)

    UPDATE: New dates added 19 April.Online theatre continues to prevail, with Shane Richie being the latest actor to star in a one-man play. He'll play the eponymous clown in Justin Butcher's Scaramouche Jones, available to stream from 26 March - 11 April, and an encore period from 3 - 16 May.Scaramouche Jones sees the titular clown set to celebrate his 100th birthday, recounting his incredible life in an everchanging world. Shaped by misfortunes of slave ships, concentration camps and royalty,...

  • Photo credit: West End at night (Photo by Arthur Ospiyan on Unsplash)

    Boris Johnson has spoken in the House of Commons about the latest Coronavirus roadmap, designed to ease England out of lockdown. Speaking about the entire plan, he touched on the future of theatres, saying that theatres could open to socially-distanced audiences from 17 May, ahead of full capacity performances. You can read our full news story here.So, what does this mean for the future of London theatres, as well as nationwide entertainment venues? Here's the latest information said by Prime...

  • Photo credit: London buses in the West End (Photo by Lachlan Gowen on Unsplash)

    UPDATE: Boris Johnson has stated that theatres can open from 17 May. Find out more about London theatres reopening here.Following Boris Johnson's speech in the House of Commons this afternoon, details have been announced for the future of live entertainment, which includes West End theatres. This comes ahead of a press conference taking place at 7pm tonight, 22 February. Speaking about the four steps which have been planned to take England out of lockdown, Johnson confirmed that theatres will be...

  • Photo credit: Courtney Bowman, Grace Mouat and Luke Bayer (Photo courtesy of Mobius Industries)

    As the Coronavirus pandemic has halted the training of performing arts students and graduates, a series of concerts have been set up to celebrate their resilience. 40 performers will take part in the concerts, available to watch from 26 March - 4 April.The musical theatre concerts will allow young artists to showcase their talents. The events will be hosted by Six stars Grace Mouat and Courtney Bowman, as well as Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Fiver's Luke Bayer.The line up includes: Abel...

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