Back to Court: Six Plans (Another) West End Reopening

London News   Back to Court: Six Plans (Another) West End Reopening
 
The London musical continues to be a symbol of resilience during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Courtney Bowman with Danielle Steers, Jarnéia Richard-Noel, Alexia McIntosh, Natalie Paris, and Sophie Isaacs Pamela Raith

Evidently, Jane Seymour was right: “You can build me up, you can tear me down, you can try, but I’m unbreakable.”

The West End production of Six, after many starts and stops throughout the coronavirus-caused theatre shutdown, plans to reopen at London’s Lyric Theatre May 21. As per recently announced U.K. guidelines, socially distancing will remain in effect for at least the first month of the run, reducing the capacity to 50 percent.

READ: U.K. Government Outlines Plans for Theatre Reopening, Including Potential Full Capacity in June

The musical, a pop tribute to Henry VIII’s six wives, has already had a trial run of sorts in this method of reopening, having welcomed back audiences in London beginning December 5 last year. Though the run was scheduled to run until April 18 at the Lyric before moving to the Arts Theatre (its original West End home), it was forced to shut down again after less than 10 days as London entered another lockdown. That start-and-stop was just one of the show’s many efforts to resume performances, which included other delayed starts and a scrapped drive-in-style production.

Six will have nine performances a week, with protocols including track and trace, face coverings for audience members, contactless ticketing, and routine sanitation. (The show, usefully, is one act, which can make entry and exit staggering more tenable.)

Meanwhile, the Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss musical’s Broadway bow is still on hold. After weeks of previews, the New York premiere was scheduled to officially open March 12 last year, though just a few hours before curtain, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the Broadway shutdown.

Ticketholders for previously canceled performances will be contacted for rebooking prior to tickets going on sale to the public March 29.

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