Andrew Lloyd Webber starts Cinderella rehearsals after spending £1m a month to keep theatres afloat

Behind the deserted streets of London‘s Theatreland, with its dog-eared publicity posters and abandoned box offices, life is finally stirring at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. Mostly, it has to be said, in the diminutive form of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who springs on to the stage with the bounce (and knees) of a man half his … Read more

Digital ‘Covid certificates’ being considered by Boris Johnson in bid to open up bars and theatres

A mobile phone app could serve as a Covid ‘passport’ to enter pubs and theatres under plans being considered by Boris Johnson. The Prime Minister is examining proposals that would allow business, hospitals or schools to demand proof that someone has been vaccinated – or has tested negative for the virus. One idea would see the … Read more

Rapid Covid-19 tests could be the key to reopening theatres

Rapid Covid-19 tests could be the key to reopening theatres, pubs and clubs as Boris Johnson eyes plan to get Britain moving again Boris Johnson described nightclubs and theatres as ‘toughest nut to crack’ He highlighted those places had not been able to reopen last year Mr Johnson offered hope mass vaccination could help them … Read more

Stunning behind-the-scenes look at the theatres of London’s West End

It has been a torrid year for theatres in London‘s West End and further afield, having been mostly shut since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. And these photographs will remind audiences what they have been missing, providing a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at what goes on backstage – from elegant dressing rooms to the congested … Read more

Coronavirus London: Relief for theatres at return to Tier 2 lockdown

West End theatres were today thrown a lifeline and told they can reopen ahead of Christmas – while dozens of playhouses across England have been left in despair after their regions were placed under the toughest level of Covid restrictions. Government ministers today announced that London will return to Tier Two when the national lockdown ends … Read more

Relief for London theatres amid return to Tier Two lockdown… but despair for Tier Three playhouses

Theatres in London‘s West End were today they can throw open their doors once more ahead of Christmas – but dozens of theatres across England have been left in despair in the wake of tough new restrictions. Government ministers today announced London will fall under Tier 2 restrictions when the national lockdown measures end on … Read more

Theatres could reopen in the spring: Oliver Dowden pushes for ‘not before’ date in March or April

Theatres could reopen in the spring: Oliver Dowden pushes for ‘not before’ date in March or April to give producers time to plan  Oliver Dowden told MPs it was not possible to give a firm date for reopening He defended the London Palladium over controversy about recent performances The plan is to organise theatre so that … Read more

Pantomimes will return in time for Christmas as theatres get cash for seats they must leave empty 

Pantomimes are back… oh yes they are! Traditional festive stage shows will return in time for Christmas as theatres get cash for seats they must leave empty The National Lottery operator approached Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden  Cash-strapped theatres will receive money from a private fund to cover costs Pantomimes are expected to take place at … Read more

BGT: Simon Cowell shows his support for theatres with a star-studded West End showcase

Simon Cowell is set to throw his support behind the struggling theatre industry with a star-studded West End performance in the Britain’s Got Talent final. The performance – which will air live this weekend – will feature stage stars including Michael Ball, Matt Lucas and even Amanda Holden herself, performing songs from iconic musicals such … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Theatres must reopen to save industry, say stars

The show MUST go on: It’s time to raise the curtain on our theatres again, ministers are told Many theatres unable to reopen because social distancing made it unviable Andrew Lloyd Webber said that the arts sector had reached ‘a point of no return’  Theatres that have been able to open have had to make … Read more