Culture secretary Oliver Dowden has announced the first relaxation in the rules regarding theatre performance, with the statement that open air venue productions can go ahead from Saturday 11 July 2020.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Cinderella will now world premiere at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in London on 7 April 2021, with previews from 19 March 2021. The previous opening night had been scheduled for 28 October.
Birmingham Stage Company has announced new tour dates for Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain in association with Car Park Party, Troubadour and Live Nation.
Oscar-winning film and theatre director Sam Mendes is the driving force behind the Theatre Artists Fund, set up for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent and critical financial support.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has bowed to pressure from the arts world and unveiled a £1.57 billion lifeline for the UK’s theatres, venues and museums struggling to stay afloat in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap – the longest running show in the world, which had to be suspended when the Coronavirus pandemic resulted in the closure of UK theatres – is to reopen in the West End on 23 October 2020.
In collaboration with theatres across the UK, #scenechange – a community for stage designers taking action for theatre – has launched #MissingLiveTheatre, wrapping theatre buildings in a positive message of hope and visibility to the industry.
Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’ hit musical Six looks likely to become the first West End musical to resume performances across the UK in August and September 2020.
Today, on the second anniversary of the death of choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne, The Lynne and Land Foundation has announced grants to the Royal Ballet School, ArtsEd, LAMDA and the Royal Academy of Dance.
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown’s 2003 novel that became an international bestseller and a 2006 film starring Tom Hanks, is now to become a new stage thriller.
A new production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, directed by Sean Mathias with Ian McKellen in an age-blind interpretation of the young Prince, will go into rehearsals on Monday 29 June 2020.
SLEEPLESS, A Musical Romance, based on the original screenplay Sleepless in Seattle, has rescheduled its premiere at London’s Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre for 25 August to 27 September 2020.
The return of Hairspray the Musical has been postponed again. It will now return next April, a full year after originally scheduled, but now for a longer, 19-week season, rather than ten weeks.
Jermyn Street Theatre has announced that it will remain closed until some point in 2021. Tom Littler lays bare the lack of support from Westminster.
Cameron Mackintosh has delayed the return of his West End productions of Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, Hamilton and The Phantom of the Opera until as early as practical in 2021.
Free-to-view YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On continues its theatre lockdown weekly schedule with the rescheduled stream of Peter Pan Live!
In addition to its experimental #OVinCamera live staging of Lungs, the Old Vic Theatre continues its free streaming of archived productions.
The National Theatre today announces a further five productions that will be streamed as a part of the National Theatre at Home series.
Nigel Slater’s Toast returns to the Lawrence Batley Theatre as a brand-new online adaptation – part radio play, part animated film – airing from 1 to 31 July 2020.
Free-to-view YouTube Channel The Shows Must Go On continues its theatre lockdown weekly schedule with another ‘live’ television broadcast of a Broadway musical, Peter Pan Live!