London’s theatres closed completely in our first lockdown a year ago in March 2020. Since then they have opened up a couple of times, some of them, with careful social distancing, one way systems and temperature checks in place, though only allowed 50% capacity or 1000 in the audience, whichever is less.
However since December last year London is in total lockdown again and theatres have had to close yet again. This is heartbreaking, especially for all those theatreworkers who have gone to so much trouble to prepare their theatres according to government guidelines, and to the shows that have been rehearsed and are now being nipped in the bud (again) just as they are opening.
It is a horribly difficult time for everyone involved in the performing arts, and especially for the actors, technicians, directors, writers, producers, designers, front of house staff and all others working in the theatre business, most of whom are freelance.
The good news is (cross fingers) that thanks to falling Covid numbers and increasing vaccinations our lockdown is easing in April and May and hopefully by the end of June 2021 we should be back to near-normal. Theatres are beginning to open up again, initially with social distancing, but if all goes well, with full houses.
Meanwhile some theatres and theatre companies have been live streaming productions from their archives (including the National Theatre, the RSC and the Globe), and others such as the Old Vic have been producing plays performed live in an empty theatre, and bookable to watch at home on Zoom. (See my blog for updates.) I am trying to keep tabs on what’s available day by day and I’m posting my findings on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/patsy.trench. If you do watch any of these amazing shows it would be hugely appreciated if you could make a donation to help actors, singers, musicians and dancers at
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My name is Patsy Trench, former actress, scriptwriter, lyricist and children’s theatre director, now a teacher and lecturer in theatre and an experienced organiser of theatre visits to London for over twenty years.
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