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Endgame, Old Vic, 2020
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London theatre closures due to coronavirus

The coronavirus outbreak has effectively shut down all of London’s theatres – here are their current statuses

By Andrzej Lukowski

Coronavirus is here and a period of uncertainty for the UK theatre industry is coming: every single theatre show in London has been cancelled or postponed following the government’s advice to stay away from the theatres. 

Here’s what each major London theatre is selling – and when they’re due to reopen.

Closed theatres

West End, Theatreland, Walking Tours
© Pawel Libera

West End Theatres

Every single West End theatre is currently officially closed up to and including April 26. 

Arcola Theatre, 2016
© Lidia Crisafulli

Arcola Theatre

Theatre Private theatres Dalston

The Arcola Theatre is formally closed indefinitely, although you can buy tickets to shows from Apri 22.

The Hampstead Theatre auditorium
Helen Maybanks

Hampstead Theatre

Theatre Off-West End Swiss Cottage

The entire programme is presently suspended indefinitely, with no shows on sale.

Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre Private theatres Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith is closed, although the programme is technically due to resume with ‘Antigone: The Burial at Thebes’ on April 18. 


Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Theatre Outdoor theatres Regent’s Park

The start of the Regent’s Park season has been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Season opener ‘101 Dalmations’ moves to 2021; the season is currently projected to start with ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in June. 


Royal Court Theatre

Theatre West End Sloane Square

The Royal Court is closed: the next bookable show is ‘Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks’, from June 29. 


Southwark Playhouse

Theatre Private theatres Elephant & Castle

Southwark Playhouse has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. At present, the next show due to run is ‘Operation Mincemeat’, from May 14. 

Old Vic

Theatre West End Waterloo

The Old Vic is closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next production due to run in ‘Local Hero’, from June 18. 

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Young Vic

Theatre Private theatres Waterloo

The Young Vic has closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Currently the next show scheduled to go ahead is ‘Hamlet’, from July 4. 


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