Nimax Theatres Chief Executive Nica Burns has announced plans to reopen their six West End venues from 17 May 2021, the first date allowed under new government guidelines.
Following the Government announcement on 22 February, indoor and outdoor theatres – alongside other entertainment venues – will be allowed to reopen on 17 May 2021 with strict limits on capacity.
Indoor venues will be subject to capacity limits of 50% or 1,000, which is lowest, and outdoor venues will be limited to 50% or 4,000 people.
Prime Minister Johnson suggested a further relaxation of restrictions is planned for 21 June. In his address to the House of Commons (22 Feb) he said the return of theatre performances was subject to a successful vaccination roll-out and a reduction in hospital admissions and deaths.
Burns told The Stage: “We are definitely going to open all six theatres with social distancing, and are now working on our reopening plan to do that. The moment we have completed that – we have lots of people to talk to – we will announce it.”
Nimax venues are all located in the heart of London’s West End and include the Duchess Theatre, Vaudeville Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Palace Theatre, Garrick Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. Whilst they have not announced which shows will open, full details can be expected in the next week or two.
It is expected that the larger West End musicals such as Hamilton, Les Miserables, The Prince of Egypt and Dear Evan Hansen will resume performances when social distancing is no longer required.