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Phil Willmott

An Update on the West End’s Meagre Future Plans

Facade of the Old Vic during the Covid-19 outbreak It's been announced by the Society of London Theatres (SOLT) that West End Venues will remain closed until at least 28 June.

Beyond that a number of producers and Artistic Directors have made a brave stab at predicting when there shows might open or return. Understandably lots on these announcements are pretty vague.

Here's a list, from SOLT, of postponed commercial theatre in the capital with the dates when they might start performances.

If a show's not mentioned below it’s likely to be because no decisions have been announced yet.

HAIRSPRAY THE MUSICAL – 1 September until 7 November 2020 at the London Coliseum

SISTER ACT THE MUSICAL – 20 July 2021 until 29 August 2021 at The Eventim Apollo

SLEEPLESS – A new musical based on Sleepless in Seattle 25 August to 3 October 2020 at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre.


101 Dalmatians The Musical – 15 May 2021 to 20 June 2021

Romeo and Juliet – 26 June 2021 to 24 July 2021

SIX the Musical – No reopening date at present but it’s booking until 31 January 2021.

4000 MILES – A play starring Timothée Chalamet and Eileen Atkins “postponed to a later date” at the Old Vic.

The SOUTHBURY CHILD, and Judi Dench's I REMEMBER IT WELL – “to be rescheduled as soon as there will be more clarity from the government” at the Bridge Theatre.

VANYA AND SONYA AND MASHA AND SPIKE – Play starring Janie Dee at the Charing Cross Theatre “has been postponed”.

EVERYBODY'S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE – It's unclear whether the London production of Everybody's Talking About Jamie will return.

IDENTICAL A new musical based on The Parent Trap – “will now be performed in 2021 with specific dates yet to be determined”.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE – A musical starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford – The stars have announced that they'll be reprising their roles for a 2021 run.