Andrew Lloyd Webber takes part in vaccine trial ‘to get theatres open again’

Andrew Lloyd Webber has taken part in a vaccine trial to help get theatres reopened.

Theatres across the country shut in March as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Composer and musical theatre impresario Lord Lloyd Webber took to social media this week to say that he had put himself forward for a vaccine trial.

Lloyd Webber tweeted: “Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial.

“I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work.”

Outdoor venues were able to re-open in July while indoor performances were recently given the green light from August 15 – but only if social distancing is maintained.

However Lloyd Webber says that it’s simply not viable.

“The real problem is that theatre can’t run with social distancing. It’s just not economically possible,” he told the BBC earlier this year. “The average play needs a 65% capacity and a musical needs more. And that’s before it even starts to repay anything.

“We’ve got to get to a pilot where we don’t have social distancing.”

Picture: Twitter/@OfficialALW

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