In May 2021 theatreland will slowly start to open up and come out of lockdown, after over a year of closure (bar a few productions here and there which were largely curtailed by legislation and tier imposition).
In a series of features under the umbrella of The Mix I will try and capture what theatres across England are doing to get their audiences back to live shows. I apologise in advance if I miss out any venue but will do my best to capture performance venues across the country.
First I will concentrate on the fifty cities in England other than London.
Theatres in Bath
The Theatre Royal’s three spaces reopen starting 20th May: you can see Nora: A Doll’s House or Marie Antoinette at The Egg; Four Quartets (with Ralph Fiennes) or Copenhagen in the Main House; or Club Supreme in the Ustinov Studio.
You’ll have to wait until 2nd June to return to the Rondo Theatre, where you can see Dirty Bath.
Theatres in Birmingham
Into late June, The Old Joint Stock has The Nobodies on the 22nd. The Crescent welcomes Cinderella from the 26th, while the Old Rep presents Adam Buxton on the 27th, and Beyond Broadway is set to play at The Alexandra.
Theatres in Bradford
Although Theatre in the Mill currently has no shows planned, the other three venues are set to reopen in July. Here Come the Boys opens at St George’s Hall on the 1st; Dirty Dancing is at the Alhambra from the 13th; and Mighty Atoms is playing at Bradford Playhouse from the 14th.
Theatres in Brighton & Hove
The Marlborough Pub and Theatre currently has no shows listed.
Theatres in Bristol
The Winston in the Student Union at Bristol University has nothing programmed.
Theatres in Cambridge
The ADC Theatre reopens on 25th May wirh No Quarter and Goblin Market. The Cambridge Arts Theatre receives three productions in June: Oleanna from the 8th; The Woman in Black from the 18th; and Four Quartets from the 28th.
Theatres in Canterbury
Theatres in Carlisle
The Sands Centre plays host to Here Come the Boys on the 22nd; the Harraby has the League of Ukelele Gentlemen on the 26th; and the Richard Whiteley Theatre has Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat from 29th June.
You’ll have to wait a bit longer to visit the Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre to spend An Evening with Anne Widdecombe, at the end of July. The Old Fire Station has no productions listed until Bird on a Wire in September.
Theatres in Chelmsford
Theatres in Chester
The Storyhouse comes back with niece and aunt Rosa and Julie Hesmondhalgh, in their respective shows Madame Ovary and The Greatest Play in the History of the World, from 21st May. Meanwhile the Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre opens a new season with The Jungle Book from 29th May.
Theatres in Chichester
Chichester Festival Theatre has a new season starting with South Pacific on 5th July.
Theatres in Coventry
Theatres in Derby
Theatres in Durham
Theatres in Ely
The Maltings has not posted any recent updates.
Theatres in Exeter
Theatres in Gloucester
Kings Theatre has not posted any recent updates.
Theatres in Hereford
Theatres in Hull
Theatres in Lancaster
Theatres in Leeds
The Grand opens with Swan Lake on 17th June.
The Pyramid at the University of Leeds currently has nothing listed.
Theatres in Leicester
Theatres in Lichfield
The Lichfield Garrick reopens on 20th May with A Black Country Night Out.
Theatres in Lincoln
Theatres in Liverpool
Theatres in Manchester
There is currently no opening date confirmed for the Royal Exchange.
Theatres in Newcastle
Theatres in Norwich
Theatres in Nottingham
The Nottingham Playhouse opens with BOAR on 27th May. The Lace Market Theatre presents Absent Friends from 10th June, and the Theatre Royal has Ben Nickless, then Solve-Along-A-Murder-She-Wrote from 11th June.
Theatres in Oxford
Theatres in Peterborough
There is currently nothing listed at the Key Theatre.
Theatres in Plymouth
Theatres in Portsmouth
Theatres in Preston
Preston Playhouse has its Curtain Up on 16th July.
Theatres in Ripon
Ripon Operatics Hall currently has no productions listed.
Theatres in St Albans
All four venues in St Albans reopen in May. The Abbey has productions of Endgame (18th May), with Two following on the 1st June. The Alban Arena welcomes the UK Rock Show on the 23rd.
Theatres in Salford
The Lowry kicks off with Circuit 2 at the end of May.
Theatres in Salisbury
Theatres in Sheffield
Theatres in Southampton
Theatres in Stoke-on-Trent
Theatres in Sunderland
Theatres in Truro
Theatres in Wakefield
Theatres in Wells
No news yet from the Little Theatre.
Theatres in Winchester
Theatres in Wolverhampton
Theatres in Worcester
The John Moore at King’s School currently has nothing listed.
Theatres in York
Please check the links to each venue and keep an eye on their social media for production announcements. Many are offering livestream or filmed performances as well as live shows, so do watch and support of you are able to do so.
Another round-up will follow soon. Good luck to all venues on their re-emergence.