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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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Theatre Royal Bath – The venue is open now!

Bristol Old Vic – The venue is open now!

Tobacco Factory Theatres – The venue is open now!


Marlowe Theatre – The Marlowe has reopened to audiences with the premiere of a new national tour of Six, running until Sunday 27 June. A variety of further shows take the venue through to late July!


Chichester Festival Theatre – The venue will have a select few performances of South Pacific with social distancing.


The Barn Theatre – The venue will reopen with new play A Russian Doll on 18 May, based on reports of hacking from the country over the last decade.


Belgrade Theatre – In line with the City of Culture, check out these goodies.

Birmingham Rep – A few shows will open to socially distanced audiences this summer, with a bulky winter season also on the cards as the venue celebrates a big anniversary.

Birmingham Hippodrome – The venue reopens in May with its immersive Van Gogh experience.

Coventry City of Culture – The programme had pushed back its dates – but there's now a raft of socially distanced richness ready to roll.

Sondheim Theatre
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Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud – The venue will reopen with a season of shows including Siobhan Basset's The Hound of the Baskervilles from 3 June, with a plethora of touring shows also available.

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


Leeds Playhouse – The venue will welcome audiences back from May with family shows, exhibitions, monologues and more!

Stephen Joseph Theatre – Scarborough's lovely venue will open from 18 May, with the first show being Julie Hesmondhalgh's The Greatest Play in the History of the World…

York Theatre Royal – The venue returns in late May with a love-filled, cockle-warming season.


Curve, Leicester – The venue has set Christmas plans (A Chorus Line!) and even plans through to 2023.

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

Stephen Joseph Theatre
© Tony Bartholomew


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

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

Doctor Who: Time Fracture – Whovians get ready – a Covid-secure immersive piece heads for the West End!

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.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat – Due to the government roadmap pause, the show will initially open with social distancing – moving to full capacity from 20 July.

Heathers the Musical – Due to the government roadmap pause, the show will initially open with social distancing – moving to full capacity from 20 July.

Be More Chill – Due to the government roadmap pause, the show will initially open with social distancing – moving to full capacity from 20 July.

Cinderella – Due to the government roadmap pause, the show will initially open with social distancing – moving to full capacity from 20 July.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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.


Almeida Theatre – The venue will kick off with a W-I-P season of semi-staged work.

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.

Bush Theatre – Two brand-new shows will be staged in the west London's reopening venue – Phoebe Eclair-Powell's Harm and Benedict Lombe's Lava.

King's Head Theatre – The veteran pub theatre reopens.

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

Old Red Lion Theatre – The venue is back!

Wilton's Music Hall – The venerable space will be back from 28 May with a socially distanced series of shows including Apphia Campbell's solo performance in Black Is The Colour of My Voice and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).

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

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

Sadler's WellsThe theatre will be back in action from May.

Shakespeare's Globe – It's all systems Globe for the London home of the Bard.

Kiln TheatreOpening from May!

Battersea Arts Centre – A new season! Check it out.

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

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

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.

Little Angel Theatre – The family-friendly north London venue will be back with a new piece from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Shakespeare's Globe

West End Musical Drive-In – The Troubadour Meridian Water is back in action with a cavalcade of musical performances from April!

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

Theatre Royal Stratford East – The venue returns with a season packed full of new writing and revivals.

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch – Neville's Island reopens the space on 20 May!


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

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


Theatr Clwyd – FOUR world premieres see the Welsh venue reopening in style from June.


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 co-productions of Animal Farm and Othello.


Nottingham Playhouse – Back with Piaf!


Oxford Playhouse – The venue has pledged to reopen from mid-May – with programming including Ralph Fiennes and the Donmar's Blindness.

The Watermill – The beloved rustic space is back with a full outdoor season!


Theatre Royal Plymouth – The venue will reopen for a socially distanced season on 27 May including Rambert and The Three Musketeers.


MAST Mayflower Studios – The brand new venue opens from Friday 28 May with its inaugural season of productions starting with Rambert 2 and a season of drama in June with Oleanna, Copenhagen, Ralph Fiennes in Four Quartets and opening the tour of Educating Rita.


New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire – Family shows will be the order of the day, with the space opening in June with a piece based on the Staffordshire Hoard, followed by mystery play Coppelia.


Royal Shakespeare Company – The venue will run an outdoor show with a specially constructed space! Get all the details.


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

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