London's The Great Gatsby to Reopen in the Fall with New Safety Policies

Source: | Posted: June 3 2020 @ 10:47 am

The Great Gatsby, London's longest-running immersive production, is scheduled to reopen at the West End venue IMMERSIVE | LDN on October 1. As with all U.K. productions, the show was forced to close down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. As previously reported, London has extended the cancellation of West End performances through June 28.

The production has been reimagined as an Art Deco masquerade ball, with everyone wearing compulsory face coverings. The capacity of the venue will be significantly reduced to help the audience members keep a safe distance from one another; the nature of the show allows attendees to be able to choose where they stand and move throughout the performance.

The show content is also being altered and updated to avoid any activity that would be considered high risk, and the actors will be trained to keep audience groups following the story while remaining at a safe distance. Temperature checks will be required for both audience and staff on arrival. The venue will be deep cleaned before and after every performance with bar equipment sterilized. Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the venue. These COVID-secure policies will be under continuous and thorough review.

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Show of Shows: Salutes the Tonys Postponed

Source: | Posted: June 3 2020 @ 10:20 am

The previously announced special Show of Shows: Salutes the Tonys has been postponed. The benefit event for both the American Theatre Wing and the Broadway League, was scheduled to air on Sunday, June 7 at 7PM ET on and the YouTube channel. Further details will be announced at a future date.

" will postpone presenting our Tony Awards salute on Sunday, June 7, as we stand in solidarity with our colleagues, artists, friends, communities and audiences of all races in the fight for equality and unity," said Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek. has produced numerous online charity events recently, including Take Me to the World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration for ASTEP, benefit readings of Michael Urie in Buyer & Cellar and Terrence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart for the Broadway Cares COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Fund and the return of The Rosie O’Donnell Show, which raised over $700K for The Actors Fund.

Show of Shows: Salutes the Tonys will be directed by Wontorek, with Charlie Rosen serving as music supervisor, producer and orchestrator.

How American Theater Pros Are Figuring Out The Logistics Of Safely Reopening

Source: | Posted: June 3 2020 @ 10:02 am

“The COVID-19 Theatre Think-Tank (CTT) deliberately draws from as many of theater-making corners as possible, from stage managers to directors, from the Great White Way to regional theaters. Since March, the group has been in talks with public-health officials, pooling knowledge and letting epidemiology experts steer the conversation about what a post-shutdown theater might look […]

Royal Shakespeare Co. Cancels All Scheduled Performances For 2020 (“Scheduled” Is The Key Word)

Source: | Posted: June 3 2020 @ 9:34 am

Due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic and social distancing rules, the company is postponing everything through the end of the year that had been announced for its Stratford-upon-Avon headquarters and its annual residency at the Barbican in London as well as its West End production of Matilda the Musical. However, the RSC is “actively exploring” […]

Why Regional Theatre Matters

Source: | Posted: June 2 2020 @ 2:29 pm

The loss of any regional theatre, whether it is Nuffield Southampton announcing it has gone into administration or the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh taking the painful decision to hibernate until next spring, is an immediate tragedy for that local community. But it has consequences beyond the immediate loss of art, including the damage done to […]

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