Theatres Trust response to reopening on 4 July announcement

Following the Prime Minister's announcement of the next stage of coming out of lockdown, made on 23 June, Theatres Trust Director Jon Morgan said:

"It is disappointing that theatres will not be able to resume live performances in front of audiences from 4 July when many other cultural activities will be able restart.

For venues that can operate cinemas, cafes and some community activities while maintaining social distancing, there is some good news in the Prime Minister’s announcement, but what the whole theatre sector wants it to be able to welcome audiences back safely for live performances.

The Entertainment and Events Working Group, which I am part of, continues to work on this issue, but it remains clear that even with social distancing down to 1m, it will not be financially viable for the majority of theatres to stage performances without government support".

For any theatres that are considering reopening their cafe or bar spaces, we've summarised the key points of the guidance around this,

Rehearsals and performances without an audience i.e. to be streamed will be able to go ahead - guidance on this will be published soon.