The West End Reopens!

It has been a year since the theatre world was forced to lock its doors to the public owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even the most iconic West End shows such as Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera have been out of action for the longest time. 

After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a few productions had reopened briefly in December 2021 with social distancing methods firmly in place. But the steady rise in the number of cases forced these productions to shut their doors to the public once again, which continued on to 2021 when the country entered a national lockdown.

However, in a recent development, it was announced that viewers can expect West End shows to resume from 17 May 2021- with social distancing methods firmly in place, of course. And with the vaccination program gaining momentum, it gives us reason to hope that the theatre viewing experience, be it indoors or outdoors, will go back to normal before the end of the year.

Now, the first productions have successfully been staged in London’s West End theatres! Including shows such as Six, Les Miserables and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, the excitement across London and beyond is palpable.

See one example of audiences back in theatre, socially distanced and masked up!

What others show are expected to make a comeback to London stages? Read the set dates below!

May

Death Drop: 19th May to 11th July
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie: 20th May to 29th August
Six: 21st May to 22th August

June

Magic Mike Live: 5th May to 19th December
The Play That Goes Wrong: 18th June to 20th Sept
Wicked: 21th June to 27th November
&Juliet: 21th June to 12th February 2022
Hairspray: 21th June to 28th September
Matilda The Musical: 22th June to 9th Jan
TINA: The Tina Turner: 24th June to 26th June 2022
Cinderella: 25th June to 13th February 2022

July

Joseph: 1st July to 5th September
The Prince of Egypt: 1st July to 8th Jan 2022
The Play That Goes Wrong: 18th June to 20th Sept
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: 7th June to 11th October
The Mousetrap: 6 Jul to 19 Dec
Pretty Woman: 8 July to 12 Dec
The Book of Mormon: 15th Nov to 2nd April
Groan Ups: 12 July to 17 July
Come from Away: 22th July to 18th Dec
Anything Goes: 23th July to 16th Oct
Jersey Boys: 28th July to 2nd Jan 2022
Come from Away: 22th July to 18th Dec
Jersey Boys: 28th July to 2 Jan 2022
Singin’ In The Rain: 31th July to 5 Sept

August

Back to the Future: 20th Aug to 13 Feb 2022
Mamma Mia: 25th Aug to 2 Apr 2022

September

The Lion King: 7th Sept to 4 Mar 2022
Life of Pi: 26th Sept to 9 Jan 2022

October

Get Up Stand Up! Bob Marley: 1th Oct to 24 Feb 2022
Only Fools And Horses:1th Oct to 26 Feb 2022
Magic goes Wrong: 21th Oct to 27 Feb 2022

November

Aladdin: 19th Nov to 2 Jan 2022

December

Nutcracker: 16th Dec to 8 Jan 2022

The Government, and the theatres themselves, have been rigorously ensuring that the tightest safety measures are in place for audiences, staff and the performers. These include ticket flexibility, mandatory masks, pre-ordering refreshments, social distancing, temperature checks and increased sanitization.

You are currently unable to attend the theatre if:

  • Believe you are COVID positive
  • Have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days
  • Have arrived in England in the last 14 days and are not covered by the exemption rules relating to self-isolation or
  • Have been instructed to self-isolate

Check out trailers for some of the most anticipated returning shows to the West End.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Six: The Musical

Hairspray

The Prince of Egypt

Anything Goes

Back to the Future: The Musical

& Juliet

Heathers: The Musical


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