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Coronavirus Information

What are theatres doing

Getting Your Theatre Fix

Following official government advice issued on Monday 16 March, which stipulates that people should avoid public buildings including theatres, SOLT and UK Theatre have advised member venues to close, to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Many SOLT and UK Theatre members are Theatre Tokens participating venues and many other entertainment venues around the UK may also be closed. We recommend customers double-check the website or social media of the specific venue they were due to attend to clarify that the venue is closed.

This will have a great impact on our industry and SOLT and UK Theatre are working hard to seek further clarification from the government. All ticket sellers will be in touch with their customers as soon as they possibly can to discuss options around exchanges, refunds and credit notes. In the meantime we ask that you do not contact your ticket seller directly whilst they work through affected bookings in a chronological order, and contact customers for near dates as a priority.

Please be patient and kind as box offices, ticket agents and other ticket sellers are committed to helping you during this extremely difficult period for us all.

As theatre fans ourselves, we know that everyone wants to know as much as they can during this unprecedented time. To try and help we’ve put together this webpage, which we will update regularly with everything that we currently know about our Theatre Tokens participating venues. For London SOLT member venues please visit OfficialLondonTheatre.com

Beneath the information about individual venues, we have also put together a list of ways in which you can still get your theatre fix while staying home and staying safe. Check this section regularly as different shows will be available over the coming weeks.

 

What are theatres doing

 

Aberdeen Performing Arts - His Majesty's Theatre, Music Hall, The Lemon Tree

In March we put the lights out in our three iconic venues and in April we said goodbye to our 264 furloughed staff.  It’s been an emotional time and our thoughts are with our work family along with  our customers, artists and friends in the cultural sector as we all navigate uncharted territory. We’ve been hard hit. We’re an arts charity, most of our income is self-generated from sales and that’s been wiped out overnight.

How can you support us through this difficult time?

If you would like to discuss a donation please contact supportus@aberdeenperformingarts.com and we will get back to you.

Thank you again for your ongoing support, understanding and kind messages – we really do appreciate it. We are in this together and we look forward to welcoming you all back as soon as possible.

 

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Closed until: 14 April

Bradford Theatres’ Box Office will be open daily (except Sundays) from 9am to 8pm for telephone enquiries only. In line with Government guidance it will not be opening the public Box Office counters. Ticket holders for performances during this closure period will be contacted directly by the Box Office team either by phone, email or letter with details on that specific event. Customers will be offered a full refund on their tickets where appropriate.

 

Finborough Theatre, London

Closed until: 27 May

Finborough Theatre plans to reopen in May with the world premiere co-production of Fraser Grace's Bliss. Please consider supporting them during their extended closure by donating at https://finboroughtheatre.co.uk/support-us/.

Ticketholders for cancelled performances of Not Quite Jerusalem, and postponed productions Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, and Woman Without Men, will be refunded. Please allow a couple of days for your refund to be processed.

 

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

The Floral Pavilion would like to thank all customers for their patience and understanding at this time of great difficulty and uncertainty. We’re working really hard to reschedule as many of our shows as possible so that when the theatre opens again, we’ll welcome you back with a full programme of events. For now, we hope all our customers and community are keeping well and staying safe.

RESCHEDULED SHOWS INCLUDE:

Wed 1st July 2020 - Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac

Fri 17th July 2020 - The ELO Tribute Show

Sun 30th Aug 2020 - Sing-a-long-a - Sound Of Music

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 - Hello Again - The Story Of Neil Diamond

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 - The Jerseys - Oh What a Nite!

Fri 16th Oct 2020 - That'll Be The Day

Sat 7th Nov 2020 - Northern Live

Wed 11th Nov 2020 - Steve Harley

Sat 23rd Jan 2021 - Eclipse - The Pink Floyd Experience

Sun 7th Feb 2021 - Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham

Thu 18th Feb 2021 - Lionel - A Tribute To Lionel Richie

Sat 20th Feb 2021 - The Zombies

Thu 25th Feb 2012 - Wilko Johnson Band

Fri 12th Mar 2021 - Michael Starring Ben

Thu 18th Mar 2021 - Herman's Hermits

Thu 29th Apr 2021 - American Country Show

Fri 7th May 2021 - Whitney - Queen of the Night

www.floralpavilion.com

 

Gwyn Hall, Neath

Closed until: Further notice. Rescheduled dates below.

Everyone who has purchased tickets and provided Gwyn Hall with an email address should be receiving an email with details regarding the change of date - please check your spam folder. If you have any enquiries please contact the Box Office on 0300 3656677 or email gwynhall@celticleisure.org.

Social media channels are still being updated on Facebook and Twitter.

Mike Doyle Rocking With Laughter - moved from March 27th to January 29th 2021 
Ball & Boe Back Together - moved from March 28th & 29th to September 12th & 13th 
The Ultimate Classic Rock Show - moved from April 3rd to 10th October 
The Carpenters Experience - moved from April 17th to October 24th 
An Evening of Stories and Songs From Mal Pope - moved from April 24th to November 14th 
Francis Rossi I Talk Too Much - moved from May 14th to May 8th 2021. 

 

Hull Truck Theatre

Closed until: 10 May 2020

All performances and events have been postponed or cancelled to ensure the safety of audiences, staff and communities. 

Hull Truck's Box Office team are working hard to contact all the people affected by the closure. Customers who had booked for a performance that is now cancelled will be offered the option of receiving a full refund, credit or making a donation to the Hull Truck Theatre Future Fund. The team are initially prioritising bookings between 23-28 March but will be in touch with everyone in due course. This will take some time, please bear with the Box Office staff and they thank you for your patience. 

The Box Office opening hours are: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm

We are a registered charity and our sales make up half our income. We’re hugely grateful to those Hull Truck heroes who have been able to donate the cost of their tickets to ensure our survival. Of course we appreciate that not everyone will be in a position to do this, and if so we’ll make sure you get the refund or credit due to you promptly. But if you could consider making a contribution at the right level for you, you’ll be investing in our future: We hope to welcome you back soon. 

 

Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

Closed until: 1 May

The Kings have rescheduled the majority of March and April; including sold out performances by Romesh Ranganathan and an in-house production of Annie The Musical. Customers have been emailed letting them know that they are transferred automatically to the rescheduled performances, but they can also ask for a refund or credit note if they prefer. In common with many other theatres, as the Kings is unsubsidised and also a charity, customers are being asked if they would like to donate the cost of their tickets rather than requesting a refund.

A live Q&A with their CEO and Creative Director was held on Facebook and can still be viewed here, where the theatre will also be posting videos from rescheduled artists and some of the theatre's supporters during the period of closure. John Challis (Only Fools and Horses & Benidorm) who will be starring in the Kings panto Peter Pan this year has already recorded a message - look out for it on the venue's social channels from next week.

 

Leatherhead Theatre, Surrey

Closed until: Further notice

As a charity in receipt of no public funding, the necessary reaction to this crisis has the potential to have fairly devastating consequences for us. Many patrons whose shows and films have been cancelled or postponed have been extremely generous, donating their ticket money to us in return for a voucher for a future event.

If you can afford to do so, this is one way to help us, or any other venue, survive this crisis. There are others:-

  • As a charity, you can simply make a donation. Call 01372 365141 between 10am and 6pm.
  • Become a Friend of the theatre. Annual memberships start at £10 for students, and there are many privileges, including discounts on tickets. Call us, or email boxoffice@the-theatre.org.
  • Buy tickets for future events. Nobody knows how long this situation will last, but all of our planned future programme up to the beginning of 2021 is on our website, from where you can book any time: https://www.theleatherheadtheatre.com/whats-on 
  • Volunteer or donate your services. If you have time and a skill, from painting to marketing, we could probably do with your help. Email: admin@the-theatre.org to find out more.

 

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith

Closed until: Further notice

The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been at the heart of the theatre industry and our community for 125 years. Although they are incredibly grateful for public funding, it covers less than 20% of income required for work – both on and off stage. As a charity, the loss of all income from ticket sales, classes, bar, restaurant, hires and other activities represents a significant financial shock.

If you can afford to, donations to the Lyric Recovery Fund can be made at https://lyric.co.uk/support-us/lyric-recovery-fund/

 

Palace Theatre, Paignton 

Closed until: Further notice

They are immediately rescheduling performances in March and April and will keep you updated on their plans for the coming weeks.

We are a small not-for-profit community interest company, we have no major corporation behind us, no public subsidy or grant and therefore, your support at this terrible time is appreciated.  We took on this lovely theatre less than two years ago. We’ve worked so hard to build a fabulous programme for the local people and visitors and are planning to deliver great entertainment for many years to come. Please support us at this time if you are able to:  https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/spotlight-on-stage-left-at-the-palace-theatre

Meanwhile, the Palace Theatre are releasing daily short plays on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/palacetheatrepaignton/

 

The Roses, Gloucestershire

Closed until: At least 13 April

The Roses are working closely with their partners to get more clarity on show dates and are continuously updating the website as shows are moved. Please stay tuned to the website for more information.

All customers will be contacted over the coming weeks regarding ticket options, including the opportunity to donate the value of your ticket to support our survival through this crisis. The Roses is a charity with over two thirds of income coming from audiences, so the impact of this closure is devastating.

Your support is now more important than ever and they are asking everyone to do what they can to help. You can do this by:

  • Becoming a Friend or Patron – you’ll enjoy great benefits and access at the Roses, as well as know your directly supporting your community. You can do that here
  • Make a donation – any size of gift is appreciated. You can do that here
  • Increasing your level of support if you are already a Friend or Patron

Please be patient and do not phone Box Office as they are making contact with hundreds of customers as fast as they can. 

 

St George's Concert Hall, Bradford

Closed until: 14 April

Bradford Theatres’ Box Office will be open daily (except Sundays) from 9am to 8pm for telephone enquiries only. In line with Government guidance it will not be opening the public Box Office counters. Ticket holders for performances during this closure period will be contacted directly by the Box Office team either by phone, email or letter with details on that specific event. Customers will be offered a full refund on their tickets where appropriate.

 

The Theatre, Chipping Norton

Closed until: 26 April

The Theatre have cancelled all public events, performances and workshops including all Chipping Norton Literary Festival events.

Customers who have tickets for cancelled events will be entitled to a full refund but they are invited to make their ticket purchase a donation to The Theatre or hold it as credit to be used at a later date.

The Theatre are launching the Head Above Water campaign to help the theatre and its staff survive a difficult few months ahead. Any amount you are able to donate will help them survive this difficult time and ensure that their doors can reopen when it is safe to do so. For more information: https://www.chippingnortontheatre.com/head-above-water

Whilst The Theatre is closed to the public, staff are still coming in to work where it is safe to do so. Whilst usual shows cannot run, The Theatre is keen to provide help, entertainment and joy to the community where they can. If you have any ideas of how they can do this let them know by contacting director@chippingnortontheatre.com with any suggestions.

 

York Theatre Royal

The closure of theatres in the UK puts York Theatre Royal, along with hundreds of other theatres, into a critical situation. But times of crisis also bring out the best in communities and audiences. York Theatre Royal have been overwhelmed by the generosity of those choosing to donate their tickets for cancelled performances. 

If you can afford to do so, this is one way to help them. You can also:

At the heart of York Theatre Royal is a mission of serving the community. They will continue with this mission, in whatever way they can, over the coming weeks. By pulling together they are determined to survive.?

 

Getting Your Theatre Fix

We wouldn't run Theatre Tokens if we didn't love theatre ourselves. Although nothing can quite replace the magic of live, in person performance, during this difficult time many of our theatres are trying to find ways to still entertain us and you. At a time when we all need our spirits lifted and to feel the strength of our community we will be curating a list below of ways in which you can still get a regular theatre fix online.

 

Arcola Theatre, London

GoFasterStripe have released Mark Thomas' award winning one-man show Check Up: Our NHS @ 70 as a pay-what-you-can release until Thursday 26 March, recorded at London's Arcola Theatre https://www.gofasterstripe.com/cgi-bin/website.cgi?page=videofull&id=38659

 

Boulevard Theatre, London

One of Tokens' newest members is the the revived Boulevard Theatre in Soho. It opened in October last year with the suitably spooky Ghost Quartet. Although that version was not recorded, the show's writer Dave Malloy released a 2015 recording on YouTube that can be watched here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJSaEJm8pCE

 

Greenwich Theatre, London

In reaction to the current crisis, this theatre has announced the Greenwich Connects programme of interactive opportunities every week. On Monologue Mondays, performers are invited to record and send a monologue of that week's theme which Greenwich Theatre will stream the following day on their social media channels. Wednesday Wisdom will see a theatre expert take over their Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/greenwichtheatre) for a Q&A.

Finally, Flashback Fridays will see a weekly stream at 7:30pm on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreenwichTheatreLondon/) to watch previous performances of shows such as A School for Scandal, The Duchess of Malfi and others - they're taking suggestions. More details here: https://www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/greenwich-connects

 

Hampstead Theatre

From 23 - 29 March, Hampstead Theatre's Instagram page will be broadcasting Lauren Gunderson's I And You starring Maisie Williams and Zach Wyatt. TO watch, select the IGTV section on their profile here: https://www.instagram.com/hampstead_theatre/channel/

 

Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre at Home – Creativity Can’t Be Closed.

Over the coming weeks Hull Truck Theatre will be releasing a programme of great drama and creative activities to keep audiences and communities entertained and inspired whilst we are all at home. On the week commencing Monday 6 April they will begin releasing a stream of engaging and accessible content, all of which can be found on their new page: https://www.hulltruck.co.uk/hull-truck-at-home/ 

 

Kings Theatre, Portsmouth

Kings Theatre will be uploading video messages from the theatre's supporters, artists who have had their shows rescheduled or are due to appear on the Kings stage far into the future such as Only Fools & Horses star John Challis, set to appear in their Peter Pan pantomime this Christmas. You can see these videos on the Kings Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/kingstheatre/videos.

 

The Lowry, Salford

The Lowry have launched a daily service on their blog of creative activities and art experiences for people to enjoy in their homes under the banner #LoveLowry. Read more here: https://thelowryblog.wordpress.com/

 

The Other Place, London

Add these Other Palace musicals to your list of theatre to be watched from home during our current times:

MYTH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJHafQr6Cxs

Eugenius!: https://www.facebook.com/eugeniusthemusical/videos/519159602015175/

These are available for streaming at all times.

 

Palace Theatre, Paignton

The Palace Theatre is bringing you behind the scenes with short videos from their staff so you can stay in touch with the venue even while it's dark. You can watch these videos on the Palace's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/watch/palacetheatrepaignton/

 

Royal Shakespeare Company, Warwickshire

Welcome a new audience to the Bard with this specially produced 'First Encounter' of King Lear, aimed at introducing younger audiences to Shakespeare: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zP_g-ODJ2SM&feature=emb_title

Tim Crouch based two one-man plays from the perspective of minor Shakespeare characters. Watch I, Cinna (The Poet) from Julius Caesar starring Jude Owusu here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xQAr5le0UU and I, Malvolio from Twelfth Night starring Crouch here: https://vimeo.com/386837018

Marquee TV is offering a free 30 day trial, allowing you to view 18 RSC productions for free over the next month: https://www.marquee.tv/

 

All The Web's A Stage

On Thursday 23 April, a collective of over 50 artists and professionals will band together to create a day of online performances aimed at raising money for those in the arts facing hardship due to Coronavirus. Follow them for more updates at https://twitter.com/TheatreTogether/ and https://www.instagram.com/theatre.together/

 

BBC's Culture in Quarantine Season

Emma Rice’s Wise Children and Mike Bartlett’s Albion are the first two pre-recorrded plays to be broadcast as part of the BBC's new programme of Culture in Quarantine. Alongside other new productions, the BBC will also be uploading archive performances across their digital platforms, ensuring that new theatre and dance performances will join with modern classics to create a repertory theatre of broadcast. Programmes will be available on BBC 2, BBC 4, Radio 3 and Radio 4 as well as iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app.

 

Imitating the dog

imitating the dog, one of the UK’s most original and innovative theatre companies have announced that they will be providing online access through their website to a selection of their work from the last 20 years. The series will start on Friday 3 April and will include the acclaimed Night of The Living Dead™ - Remix, a shot-for-shot stage recreation of George A. Romero’s classic 1968 zombie movie, made in co-production with Leeds Playhouse – on Friday 17 April.

Each production will remain on the website and can be viewed on a Pay-What-You-Like basis. The income from this will go into a development fund, for the company to support freelance artists and practitioners to create new work.

For more information and to watch productions from Friday 3 April visit http://www.imitatingthedog.co.uk/watch/

 

Motionhouse

For the first time ever Motionhouse are sharing their popular Earth Trilogy on our YouTube channel in our ‘TogetherInIsolation playlist.

The first instalment, Scattered exploring our relationship with water, was shared on Friday 27th March to coincide with World Theatre Day celebrations and is still live (until the end of April).

It will be followed on Friday 3rd April at 7pm by a screening of Broken, exploring our relationship with the Earth.

The third element of the trilogy, Charge, inspired by electricity in the human body will be screened on Friday 10th April at 7pm.

All videos will remain live until the end of April.

 

Original Theatre Company

In light of the closure of theatres across the UK due to COVID-19, the Original Theatre Company’s productions of Alan Bennett’s THE HABIT OF ART and Ali Milles’s THE CROFT, both of which were touring the UK, will now each have an online launch performance:  THE HABIT OF ART on Thursday 26 March at 8:15pm and THE CROFT on Friday 27 March at 7:30pm. The performances are available to pre-order now. The videos will then be available to watch online until 2 June 2020.

The performances are available to watch at www.originaltheatreonline.com

The Original Theatre Company operates with no Arts Council support and relies solely on box office takings. With productions of THE HABIT OF ART and THE CROFT both out on national tours, the immediate cancellations are financially devastating. The company is determined, wherever possible, to meet financial commitments made to actors, stage managers and suppliers who are all dependent on the company to survive the coming months. They therefore ask people pay what they can afford but have a suggested minimum donation of £2.50. Every penny they make through this online release will go to the people who helped make these shows and who now find themselves in a hugely precarious financial position. People in exceptional financial difficulties can access the videos for free by emailing directly the Original Theatre Company.

In addition to the show, there will also be access to a programme and backstage videos as part of the package.

 

Wizard Presents

We're delighted to be working in collaboration with AspaceWild Edric Media  and others to bring a series of bedtime stories to you. We’ve got some wonderful stories lined up, starting with Higgle Piggle Tree Tuesday at 6.30pm. You can watch it live through our website www.danyahmillerstoryteller.co.uk. The stories will be available to watch for one week in case you miss them! 

Then each Thursday Danyah and her daughter, Sofie, will share a Spontaneous Improvised Story from home where they’ve set up a recording studio! Send us one of the following via our TwitterInstagram or Facebook pages @wizardpresents:

A Name, A Place and An Object.

We’ll use as many of these words as possible to create and influence the story. When you give us your one word you can also let us know your first name and in which county you live. Then tune in to hear your suggestions LIVE

We look forward to being with you on Thursdays from 2nd April at 6.30pm. 

Tokenline: 020 3011 0755

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