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West End shows reopening after COVID

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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. However, as we navigate through a new year, the question that has been plaguing the minds of all theatre enthusiasts – when will theatres reopen – is about to be answered.

West End Reopening Date – 17 May 2021

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 has been 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.

West End Shows that are Opening Soon

The past few weeks have seen numerous West End shows announcing their new opening dates. So if you wish to catch the first West End curtain rise, these are the shows you have to look out for. Viewers can book tickets online or by telephone.


  • Death Drop: 19th May to 11th July

  • Love Letters: 19th May to 13th June

  • Roles We'll Never Play: 22 May

  • Monday Night at the Apollo: 25th May to 5th 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

  • Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny: 15th June to 20th July

  • The Play That Goes Wrong: 18th June to 20th Sept

  • Wicked: 21th June to 27th November

  • &Juliet: 21th June to 12th February 2022

  • To Kill A Mockingbird: 21th June to 6th November

  • The Distance You Have Come: 21th June to 28th June

  • Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt 21th June to 26th June

  • Hairspray: 21th June to 28th September

  • Matilda The Musical: 22th June to 9th Jan

  • Leopoldstadt: 22th June to 4th September

  • 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

  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea: 13th July to 5th Sept

  • What The Ladybird Heard: 15th July to 29th Aug

  • David Walliams' Billionaire Boy: 17th July to 22 August 2022

  • Come from Away: 22th July to 18th Dec

  • Anything Goes: 23th July to 16th Oct

  • Doctor Who Time Fracture at Immersive LDN: 26th May to 17th Apr 2022

  • Jersey Boys: 28th July to 2nd Jan 2022

  • Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain - Part Five!: 29th July to 28th Aug

  • Come from Away: 22th July to 18th Dec

  • Anything Goes: 23th July to 16th Oct

  • Doctor Who Time Fracture at Immersive LDN: 26th May to 17th Apr 2022

  • Jersey Boys: 28th July to 2 Jan 2022

  • Come from Away: 22th July to 18th Dec

  • 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

  • The Drifters Girl: 4 Nov to 26 Mar 2022

  • Aladdin 2020: 19th Nov to 2 Jan 2022

  • December

  • Nutcracker: 16th Dec to 8 Jan 2022

  • What to Expect When West End Shows Reopen?

    It has indeed been announced that West End shows will reopen their doors to the public from 17th May 2021. However, the ongoing pandemic is sure to affect one’s theatre-viewing experience. All the theatres reopening in May will have to subject themselves to several safety measures and social distancing protocols.

    Apart from the mandatory donning of masks and increased sanitization, several other restrictions will be put in place to ensure that all viewers have a safe and comfortable experience. For now, theatres will run at 50% capacity, with a maximum of 1000 people in each show. Outdoor shows, on the other hand, can have a maximum of 4000 viewers.

    However, as the country enters Stage 4 on 21st June, it is expected that these restrictions will be lifted and that theaters will start functioning at 100% capacity.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures for West End Shows & Theatres

  • Maximum Flexibility: All tickets can be exchanged up to 24 hours prior to the show.

  • Ticket Type: Only e-tickets and print-at-home tickets will be accepted for quick and easy access.

  • Face Coverings: Masks should be worn at all times.

  • Belongings: It is recommended that you keep your belongings to a minimum as cloakrooms may not be functioning in many venues.

  • Refreshments: Pre-ordering your drinks and refreshments are highly recommended as it will reduce contact.

  • Transactions: Cashless and paperless transactions are recommended.

  • Temperature Checks: Many theatres will have temperature checks in place. Visitors are requested to cooperate.

  • Social Distancing: All visitors are required to maintain social distancing.

  • Increased Sanitization: Theatres will be cleaned after every show. Hand sanitizers will be provided at each entry and exit.

  • Who is not allowed to attend West End shows?

  • You are requested to not attend the show if you:

  • 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

  • West End Shows: FAQs

    When will West End shows reopen?

    What are some of the safety measures put in place for West End shows?

    Can West End tickets be refunded or exchanged in case of a performance being canceled?

    Is the cloakroom facility available at West End shows?

    What should I wear to a West End show?

    How can I book my West End ticket?