Be More Chill, Heathers, Joseph and From Here confirm opening plans

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Upcoming shows have confirmed their opening plans after a delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions.

This week the government announced that theatres in England would have to maintain social distancing until 19 July, a month longer than originally planned.


A number of shows have announced they will still be opening as announced, following the new capacity restrictions.

Be More Chill will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre from 30 June as originally planned. However they noted on social media: “Some bookings may be re-seated to allow for social distancing – any affected ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket provider very soon. See you all #BackOnStage soon!”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat will open on 1 July at The London Palladium with social distancing for the first few weeks of its planned run.

Heathers will begin performances on 22 June at the Theatre Royal Haymarket with social bubbles implemented for performances before 19 July. “Some London dates will be affected by the reduced capacity. Your ticket provider will be in contact soon if your booking is affected. Thanks for your patience, we can’t wait to make this beautiful!” the team said.

Both The Prince Of Egypt (from 1 July at Dominion Theatre) and Hairspray (from 21 June at London Coliseum) were already due to run with social distancing in place and so aren’t impacted by the changes.

As yet there’s been no word on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, due to begin previews on 25 June at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, or the return of Pretty Woman, previously announced for The Savoy Theatre from 8 July.

Away from the West End, new British musical From Here has confirmed it will open at Chiswick Playhouse as planned from 1 July with social distancing in place until July, with the run extended until 7 August.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s production of South Pacific will continue to run between 5 July – 4 September as planned, with shows up until 17 July socially distanced.

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