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