Below is some useful information on theatre in London during the period of national mourning and in the run up to the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
Information about theatre this week
Throughout the period of national mourning, performances will go ahead as planned but we would advise audiences coming into central London to allow more time for their journeys to and from the theatre.
From 5pm Wednesday 14 September the public will be able to pay their respects to Her Majesty The Queen lying-in-state in Westminster Hall. The Hall will be open to the public 24 hours a day until the early morning of Monday 19 September.
At 2.22pm on Wednesday 14 September, there will be a procession of the Her Majesty The Queen’s coffin from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall along The Mall and House Guards Parade. This area will be extremely busy from mid-morning, with public viewing area opening from 11am. Several central roads will be closed to cars, so Transport for London have advised that walking, tube and train will be the best modes of transport.
Around Westminster and Southbank will be incredibly busy this week, and we expect the West End will also be much busier than usual.
The government and TfL have advised that the following stations will be very busy: Charing Cross, Embankment, Hyde Park Corner, Piccadilly Circus, St James’s Park, Temple, Victoria, Waterloo & Westminster. They are asking that Green Park station only be used to provide a step-free route to those with accessibility needs, so customers visiting the West End should avoid this station. Due to road closures, some buses will also stop short of their destination or will be on diversion.
We recommend that you leave plenty of time to get to your performances and check transport advice – including the TfL website and the government website on the event – on the day.
Information about theatre on Monday 19 September
Due to the scheduling of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and out of respect for all who are mourning, most theatres in central London have now announced that they will be closing on 19 September. If you’re unsure whether a show you have tickets for is going ahead, check directly with the theatre’s website.
Ticketholders will receive an email from their point of purchase with details regarding exchanges and refunds.
Regarding the national one-minute silence at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, shows that are playing on that evening will mark this prior to curtain up.
The below shows have confirmed that performances scheduled on Monday 19 September will no longer be going ahead. We will add to this list as they are announced.
& Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre)
Antigone (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre)
The Apology (Arcola Theatre)
Back To The Future: The Musical (Adelphi Theatre)
The Book Of Mormon (Prince Of Wales Theatre)
Cabaret (The Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre)
Come From Away (Phoenix Theatre)
The Crucible (National Theatre)
Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre)
The Doctors’ Orchestra (Cadogan Hall)
Eureka Day (The Old Vic)
Don Giovanni (The Royal Opera House)
Grease The Musical (Dominion Theatre)
Hamilton (Victoria Palace Theatre)
Handbagged (Kiln Theatre)
Jersey Boys (Trafalgar Theatre)
Life Of Pi (Wyndham’s Theatre)
Mamma Mia! (Novello Theatre)
Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre)
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Piccadilly Theatre)
The Mousetrap (St Martin’s Theatre)
Only Fools And Horses The Musical (Theatre Royal Haymarket)
The Phantom Of The Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre)
Rose (Park Theatre)
To Kill A Mockingbird (Gielgud Theatre)
Shakespeare’s Globe will suspend all tours, events, activities and performances
The first preview of Blues For An Alabama Sky at the National Theatre on Tuesday 20 September has also been cancelled.