What do the new Government guidelines mean for West End theatre shows?

The majority of big West End shows cleverly gave themselves at least a four week grace period from 21 June in case of any delays and so assuming everything does fully relax on 19 July, a lot of shows will be able to open as planned.

Come From Away (22 July), Tina (28 July), The Lion King (29 July), Jersey Boys (28 July), Anything Goes (23 July), The Phantom of the Opera (27 July) and Singin’ In The Rain (30 July) look set to all reopen as planned at the end of July.

The Prince of Egypt is due to reopen on 1 July and is cautiously booking with social distancing in place until 6 September.

The Play Goes Wrong is still due to open on 18 June and was always going to start off socially distancing and so that will probably still go ahead as planned.

The Comeback looks set to still return 7-25 July at the Noel Coward Theatre as seats have been sold socially distanced with the caveat that if government restrictions are lifted, additional seats will be put on sale.

Hairspray always planned to perform to socially distanced audiences for the first month as a buffer of reassurance and so they look good to go ahead as the first complete capacity performance is due to be 20 July.

Heathers was due to make a West End return on 21 June with full capacity audiences. Producers have announced they are looking into what can be done and will update on social media when a decision has been made. The same goes for Be More Chill which was due to open at full capacity at the Shaftesbury Theatre on 30 June for a ten-week run.

Andrew Lloyd webber put all his eggs in the 21 June basket and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and his brand new musical Cinderella were both due to open at the end of June without social distancing in place and so we will have to wait and see what happens with them.

Wonderment which is due to open on 16 July may be using the same socially distanced ticket booking system as other Nimax shows so will most likely still open as planned.

Six, Amelie and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie have been playing to socially distanced audiences and so I assume they will continue as they are.

Pretty Woman was due to open at its new home, the Savoy Theatre on 8 July and so it will most likely just be pushed back by a couple of weeks.

Click here to see a full list of what is due to open and when in the West End