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Government confirms reopening of theatres from 17 May with socially distanced audiences

Hira Desai

By Hira Desai First Published 10 May 2021, Last Updated 10 May 2021

The Government today announced that step 3 of the roadmap will go ahead on 17 May, meaning theatres across England can reopen with social distancing.

Reacting to the announcement, our CEO Julian Bird, Chief Executive Officer of Society Of London Theatre (SOLT) and UK Theatre said:

“Today’s confirmation that Step 3 of the Government roadmap will go ahead on 17 May is very good news, allowing England’s theatre industry to begin the process of reopening.  A number of theatres will be welcoming audiences back to socially distanced performances while also creating work for our world leading workforce. Theatres will be following our industry wide See it Safely protocols to ensure a consistency of customer experience and that the latest government Covid guidelines are being followed.

“We are optimistic that this announcement paves the way for a full reopening from 21 June, and it is hugely encouraging to see audience confidence growing, reflected in increasing ticket sales.”

Theatre is nothing without its audiences and we encourage theatre lovers to book now for their favourite shows. From brand new musicals and romantic plays to family-friendly shows and returning iconic West End hits, there’s plenty of exciting theatre to enjoy in London this year. To help you decide what to book, we’ve put together a roundup of all the shows you can enjoy in May with a socially distanced audience and those opening from 21 June onwards, when theatres hope to open at full capacity. Click the button below to discover all the amazing shows now on sale.

At Official London Theatre, we stand by our Book with Confidence. Exchange with Ease‘ pledge offering unprecedented booking flexibility and when you see our industry-wide See It Safely mark, you can rest assured that the show you’re booking for is Covid secure and following the Government’s latest guidance.

And as we prepare to be back in those red seats, enjoying the magic of theatre again, we’ve pulled together a handy guide to everything you need to know for your next theatre trip.

We can’t wait to see you in theatres soon and please join us in celebrating this momentous occasion by sharing your pictures using #BackOnStage


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