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‘Socially distanced theatre not possible’ says Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that theatres can’t work with social distancing.


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

Outdoor venues were able to re-open this month while indoor performances may be given the green light from August – but only if social distancing is maintained.

However composer and musical theatre impresario Lord 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. “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.”

It was previously revealed that a trial would take place later this month at the London Palladium in the hope of reopening venues.

“What I’m trying to show is with basic measures it is possible to safely reopen theatres,” Lloyd Webber said.

Fingers crossed!

Picture: BBC News

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