The six theatres in London that Andrew Lloyd Webber will open in less than two weeks will open no matter what, even if he is arrested for violating social distancing protocol. “Come hell or high water,” said David Purcell in an interview with The Daily Telegraph about the curtain opening at his West End venues. It was also reported that Lloyd Webber, 73, is pledging to proceed with his West End production of “Cinderella,” which opens for previews this week.
The London Mayor’s June 21 easing of COVID-19 distancing measures may not occur due to rising cases and unknown variants. Still, the theater executive told the news channel that the theatres are “completely safe” and extended exclusions do not deter him.
He reportedly said, “I have seen the science from the tests. If the government ignores their science, we will have the mother of all legal cases against them.”
According to the British newspaper, the lord said he had remortgaged his home and might have to sell his theatres if the government does not open the doors to large crowd gatherings soon enough. But, in Lloyd Webber’s view, the government treats theater as a pleasant addition rather than a necessity.
According to Matt Hancock, the British health minister, officials are reevaluating the reopening plan due to the considerable “Delta” variation of COVID-19. “The prime minister, I, and our team will sum up the results over this week,” Hancock said. In addition to giving people enough time before June 21, we will also offer the public a discount on tickets.
Considering Lloyd Webber has been fighting for the return of live theatre since its inception, the situation isn’t new. During an interview with CNN on November 28, the composer expressed dismay at the reality of the lockdown in Manhattan.
Well, as you probably know, I’ve been fighting to get theaters and music venues reopened throughout the country, not just Britain. Initially, the lights will start to return to the Great White Way next month when Bruce Springsteen releases his intimate musical at the St. James Theatre.