We’re really disappointed to hear the latest government guidance on indoor performances.
Unlike many theatres we are in a position where it can be viable reopen. We’ve implemented thorough social distancing throughout the theatre and are confident that our standards are at the highest level beyond many sectors that have already re-opened. The Kenneth More Theatre is ready to go; staff, performers and patrons are ready to return and the overwhelmingly positive response we’ve received confirms this. The theatre is not only part of our local cultural offer but a lifeline for many involved.
We were due to have our first show tomorrow but instead we will be re-opening in exactly a weeks time for screenings and cinema. We had considered live performance very carefully in our plans to ensure thorough social distancing and limited performers on stage ie: a pianist and a singer at one time with a vast distance from stage to seating.
We find the announcement today shows a lack of understanding about the sector and how it can work safely, in a controlled environment. We will not be defeated. As soon as we can, we will re-open for live performance.
We will re-open on the very first day that we are legally able to. Hopefully in the two weeks that the Prime Minister referred to today.
We have been working behind the scenes to get the theatre safe and ready for you to enjoy and have prepared a social distancing video too. We hope the wait isnt too much longer, please re-visit our Kenneth More Theatre page and follow on us on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.