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West End and UK theatres to remain closed until at least June 28

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West End and UK theatres are to remain closed until at least June 28, it's been announced.

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

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The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) has now said venues will remain closed through until at least June 28, 2020.

In a statement they said: "London’s West End looks forward to welcoming audiences back into theatres as soon as performances can safely resume.

"To give our customers some clarity, we have been cancelling performances across the West End on a rolling basis, in line with the latest advice from the Government.

"We are now extending those cancellations until Sunday 28 June.

"This does not mean theatres will reopen on 29 June; if further cancellations are necessary, they will continue to be announced on a rolling basis. Different theatres and productions are likely to reopen at different times.

"Ticketholders for affected performances do not need to do anything. They will be contacted by the organisation from which they bought their tickets to arrange a refund, credit note or exchange for a later date.

"We are grateful to customers for the patience they are showing during this challenging time for our industry. With 300,000 people visiting West End theatres in a normal week, it’s a major undertaking to process refunds, exchanges and credit notes, particularly when many staff are working remotely. Please rest assured that we are all working as quickly as we can and we appreciate the on-going support of our audiences.”

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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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