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

Andrew Lloyd Webber reflects on the ‘devastating effect’ of COVID-19 on theatres in Strictly cameo

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber reflects on the ‘devastating effect’ of COVID-19 on theatres during Strictly appearance as Bill Bailey transforms into the Phantom Of The Opera By Roxy Simons For Mailonline Published: 21:46 GMT, 5 December 2020 | Updated: 21:46 GMT, 5 December 2020 Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber reflected on the ‘devastating effect’ the COVID-19 … 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

West End theatres will reopen next month with social distancing measures

There is finally some good news for theatre-lovers, with a West End group revealing it is set to reopen its venues from next month.  Theatres have been closed since the lockdown was introduced, with thespians warning of the devastating impact of social distancing on the industry.  However, there are finally some green shoots of recovery … Read more

Government is planning ‘SEAT out to help out’ plan to get theatres and stadiums open

Government is planning ‘SEAT out to help out’ plan with cut-price tickets to get theatres open and fans back in sports grounds Ministers are looking at plans encouraging crowds into theatres and stadiums The Eat Out To Help Out scheme could be reformed into ‘Seat Out To Help Out’ One idea is discounted meals on … Read more