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Stage shows with socially distanced audiences: a rolling list of plays and musicals to see

We'll be updating this list as theatres prepare to return from next month

Audrey Brisson as Amélie Poulain
© Pamela Raith

With theatres set to open NEXT MONTH (all being well, we thought we'd run through shows that are sticking to the socially distanced formula for the time being – keeping audiences spaced out while the vaccine roll-out continues and case rates fall.

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Amélie the Musical – The Grammy-nominated production returns from May – with tickets on sale now.

Les Misérables – The concert production of Les Misérables will be back from May with a cracking cast.

The Mousetrap – The long-runner murder mystery returns with some surprise faces in the two casts.

Bridge Theatre – The venue has unveiled a full season through to the end of the year, with some social distancing in place early on – get to it.

Re: Emerge season – Sonia Friedman helms this brilliant season of cracking new writing – with wonderful casts involved.

Orange Tree Theatre – The venue will initially open with social distancing in place.

Curve Leicester – The theatre will run a full socially distanced season before it reopens later in June! Highlights include an Andrew Lloyd Webber concert run.

Skin Hunger – Dante or Die's new piece, which only has three audience members per experience, will be heading to Stone Nest on Shaftesbury Avenue – don't get much more exclusive than that!

The Language of Kindness – The touring piece will explore the experiences of NHS nurses and their families this summer.

The Turbine Theatre – Rob Madge's debut play will reopen the venue in June, with perspex in palce to keep people safe.

Soho TheatreThe theatre is back with Amanda Wilkin's Shedding a Skin.

Hairspray the Musical – The starry production, led by Michael Ball and Lizzie Bea, will initially open with socially distanced audiences! Find out more.

Judy and Liza – Emma Dears and Helen Sheals will lead the tour, based on performers Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli!

Under Milk Wood / After Life – The National will be back in action from June with two shows, including Under Milk Wood with Michael Sheen. See more.

Southwark Playhouse – Again, straight out of the gate, the theatre will stage a socially distanced new musical starring Wendi Peters.

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre – The outdoor venue will begin shows at reduced capacity – to keep audiences safe. Find out more.

Constellations – The Donmar will produce an epic revival of the show, featuring FOUR different cast combinations. Pucker.

HOME Manchester – When you're HOME, head outdoors! The theatre is building a new al fresco space.

Here Come The Boys – The dance show with Strictly stars comes to London for a run at the Palladium.

ABBA MANIA – ABBA galore at the Shaftesbury – with social distancing in place!

The Mill At SonningBack from May, with shows unveiled into 2022.

Pleasance Theatre – The North London space returns, producing work in conjunction with VAULT Festival.

Cruise – Jack Holden's new play Cruise will be getting its stage premiere in May at the Duchess Theatre – a chance to watch some charged new writing!

Sadler's WellsThe theatre will be back in action from May with a host of premieres.

Kilworth House Theatre – The venue has shuffled around plans and revealed a new show with socially distanced audiences.

Shakespeare's Globe – It's all systems Globe for the London home of the Bard – opening with socially distanced shows initially.

Royal Shakespeare Company – The venue will run an outdoor show with a specially constructed space!

Six the Musical – The Queendom will get back to doing what it does best from 21 May 2021 in the West End, with tour plans to be revealed.

Everybody's Talking About Jamie – Out of the darkness, into the spotlight – from 20 May 2021 at the Apollo! Tour plans are to be confirmed.

Oxford Playhouse – The venue has pledged to reopen from mid-May – programming is to be revealed.

C-o-n-t-a-c-t – The immersive experience heads to Manchester and Salford from May.

Magic Mike Live – Bustin' moves back at the Hippodrome, Magic Mike Live returns from 21 May with social distancing – find out more.

Sondheim Theatre
© Matt Crockett

Chichester Festival Theatre – The venue will have a select few performances of South Pacific with social distancing, and an outdoor festival to be revealed!

Norfolk and Norwich Festival – The festival will kick off from 18 May with socially distanced experiences set to run.

Royal & Derngate – The theatre will be welcoming audiences back to live performances from 17 May, with its rescheduled National Youth Theatre co-productions of Animal Farm and Othello.

Nottingham Playhouse – The venue has announced its new 'Spring Loaded' season, which includes both online and live events (from 17 May).

Hampstead Theatre – Reopening with social distancing from 28 May with a revival of Alfred Fagon's The Death of a Black Man.

Shakespeare's Globe

Theatre Royal Bath – Reopening from 25 May with Ralph Fiennes' new version of T.S. Eliot's epic poem Four Quartets.

Kiln TheatreOpening from May with Amy Trigg's new play!

Battersea Arts Centre – A new season from the south London theatre, as well as an outdoor festival! Check it out.

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre – The space will mount three shows this summer! Find out more.

Riverside Studios – The Lisa Dwan-led Happy Days has found dates from 11 June to 25 July at the Hammersmith venue, with social distancing in place.

Death Drop – The "Dragatha Christie" murder mystery will be at the Garrick from May.

Nimax Theatres – Venue owner Nica Burns has confirmed her venues will open from May in a similar fashion to what occurred in December – with socially distanced performances featuring risk mitigation measures. New shows include the "The Show Must Go On!" West End concerts.

The Prince of Egypt – Delivery expected – starting with a socially distanced run, the show will be back from 1 July! Find out more.

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