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NEWS: Six producers announce that it will be the first West End musical to reopen since lockdown

Smash hit musical Six by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss will become the first West End musical to resume performances in a West End theatre when the show temporarily moves from its home at the Arts Theatre to the Lyric on Shaftesbury Avenue for a limited 11-week run, running from 14 November 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Six producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes and George Stiles said: “Across our two UK productions of Six we have the opportunity to give work to 100 or so actors, musicians, technicians, stage managers, production managers, costume makers, marketing, press, ticketing and office staff. We accept that with social distancing it is unlikely to be economically viable, but we hope to entertain many thousands of theatregoers who have been starved of live entertainment since March.

“We hope that opening Six will help build audience confidence and bring business back to the local economy. We also understand that restarting productions, particularly musicals, remains impossible for most producers for reasons of scale, finance and lack of cancellation insurance. We continue to look forward to the day when social distancing is removed and theatre can play to 100% capacity.”

Six will perform nine shows a week at the Lyric Theatre. Capacity has been reduced to comply with Covid-19 secure guidelines for social distancing plus robust risk mitigation. In addition to hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.

Simultaneously Six is announcing that the UK touring cast will resume performances in the Lyric Theatre at the Lowry in Salford from 27 November 2020 for a six-week Christmas season.

Six has become a global phenomenon since its early days as a student production in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue during the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As the pandemic struck, the musical was playing to sold out houses in London’s West End, across the UK and Australia, and had its opening night in New York on 12 March cancelled when the New York Governor shut down Broadway three hours before the show was due to open.

The musical was nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the cast performed on the results show of Britain’s Got Talent and annually in front of thousands at West End Live in Trafalgar Square.

Six will return to the Arts Theatre in March 2021 subject to the lifting of social distancing, and Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical then opens at the Lyric.

from News, Reviews and Features – My Theatre Mates

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