London’s West End will be closed for at least the next two months.
The Society of London Theater (SOLT) on Tuesday confirmed that theater closures have been extended from 31 May to 26 June. The agency, which represents venues across London’s theater district, said the issue “does not mean the theaters will reopen on June 29.”
“If further cancellations are needed, they will continue to be announced on a rolling basis. Different theaters and productions are likely to be re-launched at different times, “SOLT said, adding that it also advised ticketholders to wait for correspondence from places to arrange refunds, credit notes or exchanges.
The increase comes just weeks after an agreement was reached between SLT and Actors Union Equity in the United States. West End performers Individuals currently under contract will be able to continue those pre-existing conditions, and will be able to resume rehearsals or performances with revised dates once the shutdown is over.
Negotiations are underway between the industry group and the government, which will ease the expected lockdown arrangements and announce a tentative schedule for the reopening of the industry next week. But it will take time for the theater world to slip. Apart from film and TV, which may gradually start again in small activities, the theater is expanding with a live audience, which will take time to cherish the aftermath of Covid-19.
Theatrical producer Cameron McIntosh said the extended shutdown came just days after he commented that it could not be staged until “early next year”.
In an interview with the BBC, Macintosh – whose “favorite Ivan Hansen,” “The Book of Mormon” and “Opera of the Phantom of the West End” on the Delfont Macintosh Theater Chain stage – said it looked like the West End and Broadway were going to be the last to return. Will be “compared to many other countries.
“All the big producers are talking to each other on both sides of the Atlantic. The truth is, until social distance is gone, we can’t plan to reopen, “said McIntosh. Needed – it’s a big, huge thing. Each big musical has about 200 people working on it, that’s a build. “