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The award-winning feel good production will return with social distancing
Just when we thought a trip to the theatre would be a long time coming, after news Vue Cinemas closing some of its outlets three days a week due to the impact of Covid-19, but Everybody’s Talking About Jamie is confirmed to return to London’s West End next month.
The cast and crew of the award-winning feel good musical will return to the Apollo Theatre from 28th November – just in time to celebrate it’s third birthday in the West End.
It’s return is a historical one as the show will become the first full-book musical to re-open in London theatre district this Autumn.
Nica Burns, producer of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie explained how social distancing and rule of six would be woven into the story. She said, “Like everyone else in the UK, year 11 at Mayfield High School is back to school and coping with COVID-19 and the challenges of personalising their facemasks within school rules…”
She also confirmed the return of the musical’s pre-lockdown leading performers, with the addition of Phil Nichol guest starring as Hugo/ Loco Chanelle. And steps have been put in place to keep everyone safe during the performances.
She explained, “To keep them safe, our brilliant cast and the backstage team will be tested for COVID every 48 hours. In a change of schedule, we will now be playing eight shows a week Wednesday to Sunday with ticket prices remaining unchanged.”
The show can only go-ahead with fewer seats due to the Oliver Dowden and the DCMS Culture Recovery Fund grant, which has funded the shortfall.
Nica added, “Huge thanks to them – you should have heard the cheers from the cast when they received the news! It is wonderful to be able to welcome back our cast, backstage crew and all our fantastic freelancers who together make the production.”
Fans have already been snapping up tickets to the shows. One fan wrote, “Ticket all booked for my birthday – cannot wait!!!!” Another theatregoer put, “Ah Im so excited to go back!!!!!” and a third added, “See you on the 19th December.”
As a result the capacity at the Apollo Theatre has been reduced to circa 50% to comply with COVID-19 Secure guidelines with socially distanced seats plus robust risk mitigation.
Other preventative measures implemented include
- Health questionnaire to be emailed 48 hours in advance of the performance
- Contactless tickets
- Compulsory facemasks
- Hand sanitisation stations throughout the building
- Click and Collect bar App
- Deep clean and building sanitation
- Additional entrances and exits
- Supporting NHS Track and Trace
To book tickets or find out more details here before they sell out.