In the wake of the global pandemic and lockdown; the world is beginning to emerge with businesses reopening; but once The West End reopens, not all of the shows will return.
As social distancing restrictions continue with no indication of when those restriction will be lifted the West End productions of “Hamilton”, “Phantom of the Opera”, “Marry Poppins”, and “Les Miserables” will not return until next year.
Culture Secdretary Oliver Dowden plans on meeting with theatre, choir, and orchestra representatives and medical experts next week to discuss plans to form a plan for “safe performances”.
Creative Industries Federation Chief executive Caroline Norbury noted, “without additional government support, we are heading for a cultural catastrophe.” To date UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not offered any help for the out of work artists.
Theatre fans who have previously purchased tickets for cancelled shows, may obtain a refund from the point of purchase.
feature photo credit: By Snapper Music – originally posted to Flickr as Opeth DVD screening, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6051982