16 March 2020 all London theatres were closed to fight the
While a few theatres attempted to re-open in Autumn 2020,
they were forced to close again, and it now seems that
Summer 2021 is the earliest likely return of live theatre. CLICK HERE for some perhaps
optimistic Coming Soon announcements
During the shut-down, several theatres around Britain are
putting past or current productions online and we are
reviewing them. CLICK HERE
for online theatre 2020 and HERE for
online theatre 2021.
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WHAT'S NEW . . . . . As we pass the First Anniversary of
theatres closing, some are making perhaps optimistic plans to
re-open. CLICK HERE for Coming Soon
announcements . . . . Spare a thought - and perhaps a donation -
for theatres and artists who have been unable to do their work. An
easy way to help would be to watch some of the videos we've
reviewed and pay for them . . . . National Theatre begins
subscription online streaming season. . . .Trafalgar Studios to
return to original one-auditorium form, renamed Trafalgar Theatre
. . . .During the shutdown, some theatres offer productions
online. CLICK HERE for reviews.
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Top Five - Classic
the theatres re-open, these long-running hits will almost certainly
return. If you haven't seen them yet, we suggest you begin your
London theatre experience with these classics