According to this Guardian article, the West End/London theatre productions won't open until early 2021 and then it will be months after once social distancing has been officially lifted!
“I think from the moment social distancing doesn’t exist any more, it will take us four to five months to actually get the actors back together,” he told Michael Ball on BBC Radio 2.
Mackintosh painted an equally bleak picture for Broadway, which was forced to completely shut down in the middle of one of its most successful periods ever because of the Coronavirus pandemic. “For major producers both sides of the Atlantic, the truth is until social distancing doesn’t exist any more, we can’t even plan to reopen,” he said.
“We will be back, but we need time to get back. If we don’t hear [about lockdowns lifting] in a few weeks, we won’t be able to come back until early next year. I think that’s quite clear.”
Post by chalametthegreat on May 5, 2020 14:03:48 GMT -8
I know it is a long time away but I think the director is right. Plays by their very nature cannot be performed and enjoyed with social distancing and mask rules in place. Let's hope then when we do go travel to London in later 2021 or 2022 life is semi back to normal.
I hope you are all doing well this May 2020. Some things are opening back up in America. Whether that is wise or not only time will tell. Maryland is being stricter for now so I dont expect more flexibility under the lockdown until June here or end of May at the earliest.
I have no desire to sit in a theatre anytime soon (or a plane for that matter). So glad it looks like it will be pushed to 2021. That is for the best. Not sure how this will work out as I have a credit with Virgin Atlantic but I have to book by December and travel by April 30, 2021. I have a feeling 4000 Miles could be delayed past April, but I guess we will see!
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Post by chalametthegreat on May 8, 2020 17:29:53 GMT -8
I saw in the news that starting Sunday the United Kingdom will impose a 14 day quarantine period of self isolation for any traveler coming into the country by port or air. The government will need to know where you are doing this period and presumably keep track of you.
While I of course understand the rationale for this measure, I do hope this draconian measure is ultimately short lived. I would think most tourists could not visit England under these conditions. I mean I wish I could self isolate for 14 days at that castle that I own in the English countryside. But then I sobered up and realized I am but an American peasant who does not want to get locked up in the Tower of London! The ghosts alone would haunt me!
Post by chalametthegreat on May 8, 2020 19:21:43 GMT -8
I know ... why didn't they do this a few months ago?! It seems such a random thing to do now when your country is already grossly infected. Containment would have been nice to see this past winter. So many countries screwed this response up in the West.
Good thing with your trip is that it may be far enough away where this restriction might be lifted by then. But things got to improve. Right now I would classify the pandemic as flatlining but unfortunately not doing much decreasing yet in America and UK. Let's hope that changes over next few weeks!
Post by chalametthegreat on May 24, 2020 21:45:15 GMT -8
Isnt that just insane to think about how the play would have been concluded this weekend if this year had not gone completely off the rails?! At the very least this pandemic has made me appreciate many things and people in my life, including live theatre. May 2021 be better for all of us!
We have talked multiple times on this topic, but unfortunately I don't see how live theatre returns in London and New York City until masks and social distancing are no longer a thing. I dont even know if theatres can survive at reduced or half capacity unless they have some generous public and private financial support over the next year. I appreciate you sharing the industry articles, because it is a darn fascinating topic to know how the industry plans to put itself back together.
Regarding masks, I hate wearing them with the passion of 1000 burning suns! Masks are everything against what our open Western culture should be and are just so uncomfortable. BUT I still wear the damn masks out in public ... not for myself but for other people around me. I wear a mask when I go to the store or pickup food or am around people walking. My political views range from liberal to centrist to conservative depending on the issue; however, mask wearing is really not partisan. I hate how it has become leftwing to wear one and rightwing to not. As long as the mask wearing is not a new social norm mandated forever by regulations, then I am fine with wearing masks during an ongoing pandemic to protect other people. I have seen people without masks in public and while I disagree with them, I personally dont want to socially shame them like our American Puritan ancestors did to others who engaged in well just about any fun activity that you can think about Haha. Besides, businesses at least in my area wont allow you to conduct commerce indoors without a mask right now; I respect their rules and abide by them.
At the end of the day, I cant wait to see other peoples faces in public again. And since a vaccine looks more promising than it did even a month ago my hope may happen sometime in 2021. I look forward to planning my London vacation if and when the play is rescheduled and Britain relaxes their 14 day quarantine rule for air travelers arriving out of country.