Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced new plans to reopen West End productions this July.
The composer has unveiled details of plans to reopen shows back into the West End this Summer.
In a statement, Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that The Phantom of the Opera will begin performances once more at Her Majesty’s Theatre from the 21st July. Meanwhile, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set to begin its run at the London Palladium from the 1st July.
New casts for both productions are set to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, the composer’s new musical production of Cinderella is now heading into rehearsals and is now set to open for performances on the 14th July.
Talking about the news, which follows on from the government’s own announcement of England’s roadmap out of lockdown last week, Andrew Lloyd Webber said: “I want to lead the way and give others confidence to follow suit by getting major musicals back open – they are the powerhouse of the West End – and have been out of action for almost a year now.
So I have put the wheels in motion for a summer reopening. We start rehearsals for my new musical Cinderella at The Gillian Lynne Theatre today. The script is by multiple Golden Globe-nominated Emerald Fennell and isn’t like any Cinderella you will have seen. We have just finalised the new cast for The Phantom of the Opera, and Tim Rice and my first ever musical Joseph will return to The London Palladium this July.
I cannot wait to welcome back audiences to live theatre and bring life, employment and joy back to our capital city after a harrowing past year.”
In last week’s announcement, the government announced that theatres may be able to reopen at limited capacity in line with social distancing regulations from the 17th May. Meanwhile, it is hoped that from the 21st June all legal limits on social distancing will be removed, allowing for bigger audiences to attend.