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Cancelled theatre shows and rescheduled dates – a rolling list of what's happening during the second lockdown

We're keeping you up to date on what's going on where, as venues gear up for a second lockdown

The cast of The Last Five Years
© Pamela Raith

A new venue lockdown is coming, meaning uncertainty and turbulence for theatres across England, many of which had scheduled socially distanced shows for November.

This is a rolling, non-exhaustive list (we've tried our best!), so please check back in or check venue websites. We want to really emphasise this, be patient – a lot of venues, in conjunction with producers, are still trying to work through the current guidance and get plans ready.

We also want to highlight that a lot of shows, such as The Comeback in the West End in December, are hoping to kick off their runs and the consensus seems to be that socially distanced rehearsals are permissable – as they are taking place within creatives' workplaces. As it stands and until we hear otherwise, December still has the green light.

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Last updated 14 November.




Dreamgirls – The show's tour has sadly been postponed, though hopefully should be back one day!

Hair at The London Palladium / Mayflower Southampton – Producers have confirmed new dates for both runs in mid-January.

Turbine Theatre – The venue has pushed back adult panto Cinderella in line with new lockdown dates.

Royal Court – The venue has reorganised its "Living Newspaper" programme, with hopes to open in December.

Hampstead Theatre – The theatre has moved The Dumb Waiter – it will now run from 3 December to 16 January 2021.

Almeida Theatre – The venue has shifted dates for Chris Bush and Rebecca Frecknall's Nine Lessons and Carols – which now plays from 3 December to 9 January.

Lawrence Batley Theatre – The venue has cancelled November shows but hopes to go ahead with its December productions. Digital content will also be revealed.

Southwark PlayhouseThe Last Five Years – the show has cancelled public performances beginning 5 November. It will be streamed digitally though! Find out more. Constellations has been nudged back to adhere to the new lockdown dates, though it seems as though December's live-streamed shows from the theatre's smaller space will go ahead.

Educating Rita – Tour dates for the show are being adjusted – extra dates may be added over the coming couple of days in Kingston to make up for lost performances from 5 November.

Chichester Festival TheatreCrave has cancelled public performances beginning 5 November. It will be streamed digitally though! Find out more. The theatre hopes to stage December's shows in front of socially distanced audiences, and may stream further shows for those at home.

National TheatreDeath of England: Delroy has cancelled all performances from 5 November. The pantomime Dick Whittington is expected to go ahead as usual.

Watermill TheatreLone Flyer will end after 4 November, with hopes for A Christmas Carol to kick off on 3 December.

Barn Theatre – No updates as of yet, Marry Me A Little will likely end performances after 4 November. Plans for Peter Pan, which was to begin performances in late November, are to be revealed.

Birmingham Hippodrome – The theatre will cancel immersive show experiences from its Van Gogh installation until 2 December.

Nottingham Playhouse: Shows scheduled up until the 5 November will go ahead as planned, with the theatre "currently working through the latest guidance and will have more news on future productions soon". Many shows have streaming options.

HOME Manchester – Details are to be revealed soon, but a variety of shows will be live-streamed so keep your eyes out for them.

Bristol Old Vic – The venue says: "We'll update you with what's happening to our live shows and other bits as soon as we can."

Pleasance Theatre – The venue has re-scheduled a wad of its dates into early next year.

Union Theatre – Spooky show When Darkness Falls has been postponed – with dates to be revealed.

Birmingham Rep – Those with performances in the lockdown period specified will be contacted. Performances in December are still due to go ahead as planned.

Bridge Theatre – The theatre has nudged A Christmas Carol back (with first performance currently 3 December), with the same for immersive experience Flight. Inua Ellams' An Evening With An Immigrant will end on 4 November. All other shows have been taken off the Bridge's site but may return at later dates.

Theatre Royal BathCopenhagen is being rescheduled, with finalised dates tbc. Current tickets will remain valid for the new dates and be transferred to the equivalent new performance. No word yet on Oleanna while The Play That Goes Wrong is still expected to go ahead in its entirety.

Hope Mill TheatreRent will cease public performances on 3 November (with a sold-out press night on 4 November) – but will be streaming the show later this year.

Shakespeare's Globe: "We will provide cancellation or postponement information as soon as possible."

Charing Cross Theatre – The venue's world premiere of GhBoy has been moved in its entirety – it now runs from 5 December, with previews from 3 December, until 20 December 2020

Private Peaceful at the Garrick Theatre – Ticket holders will be contacted about this, the production has said it is hoping to reschedule for early next year.

Theatre Royal Stratford East – The venue's production of Petrichor will go ahead as usual from 7 December.

The Great Gatsby – The immersive show has cancelled shows up until 2 December, after which it hopes to recommence.

Curve LeicesterSunset Boulevard and Memoirs of An Asian Football Casual are still gunning to go ahead in December and January, with new dates being investigated for The Color Purple, which has been postponed.

This Is Going to Hurt – Adam Kay's show had to cancel some of its run, but has found a couple of new dates at the Palace Theatre on 15 and 16 December.

Nimax TheatresThe Play That Goes Wrong, Six the Musical and Everybody's Talking About Jamie will be in touch with ticket holders, with respective venues closed until 2 December. Six will open on 5 December, Jamie on the 12 December and Play That Goes Wrong on 9 December. Other one-off shows or concerts, such as "The Shows Must Go On!" concerts, may be rescheduled, and ticket holders should keep an eye on their inboxes. December shows are currently scheduled to go ahead.

The Lowry – The venue has pushed back the touring production of Six to 4 December.

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