West End and UK theatres to remain closed until at least May 31

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West End and UK theatres are to remain closed until at least May 31, it's been announced.

Theatres across London and the UK closed in March as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has now said venues will remain closed through until at least May 31, 2020.

In a statement they said: "We are now cancelling all performances up until and including 31 May 2020 to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen.

"We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for and hope the following helps clarify next steps in respect of your tickets .

"There is nothing that you need to do if your performance has been cancelled, but we do ask for your patience.

"If you have booked directly with the theatre or show website for an affected performance, please be assured that they will contact you directly to arrange an exchange for a later date, a credit note/voucher or a refund. If you have booked via a ticket agent they will also be in contact with you directly."

Full advice on refunds to those with tickets during the closure period can be found online here.

In a speech in March, Boris Johnson ordered theatres as well as restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs to close.

He said: "Now, these are places where people come together, and indeed the whole purpose of these businesses is to bring people together. But the sad thing is that today for now, at least physically, we need to keep people apart.

“And I want to stress that we will review the situation each month, to see if we can relax any of these measures."

It's understood that closures could be in place for at least 12 weeks and possibly for much longer.

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In the meantime, many in the theatre world have been using social media to keep productions alive.

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