Theatres across London have been forced to close their doors following the announcement that the UK capital is to be moved into Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions.
The news comes after a number of theatres started to reopen from the 3rd of December. However, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city, all entertainment venues will cease performances from Wednesday the 16th.
A number of performers have spoken out on the announcement including Les Misérables‘ Carrie Hope Fletcher, who tweeted “it was nice while it lasted.” Fellow actor Michael Ball also sharing his feelings saying he truly believes “even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
Another musical that recently reopened is Six The Musical at the Lyric Theatre. In a statement, the show’s producers commented “we all understand the need to keep the public safe in the midst of this crisis and there is nothing more important than keeping the virus at bay and as such we have adhered to every precaution, sanction and piece of guidance for the last nine months to ensure that theatre is a safe environment for everyone, it’s audiences and staff.”
A number of shows have only just opened including A Christmas Carol, starring Lucie Jones at the Dominion Theatre, and the musical-turned-film Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
The London Palladium also recently opened one of the only pantomimes this year, starring Julian Clary and Nigel Havers. Pantoland at the Palladium recently held a special performance on Friday night with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending with their children.
As Tier 3 is the highest level of restrictions in England, it is unlikely that theatres will reopen before the new year.
Words by Neve Gordon-Farleigh.
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