Audience-wise, the theater will operate at a reduced capacity of about 550, down from 967, to maintain social distancing and keep people at least three feet apart. All attendees will have to wear masks, as required by the British government.
The production is one of several small-scale shows hoping to spark a revival of London’s theater district this fall. “The Mousetrap,” which claims to be the world’s longest-running play, said in July that it would return to the St. Martin’s Theater on Oct. 23. And the British comedian Adam Kay said on Sunday that he would perform a six-week run of “This is Going to Hurt,” a show about his time as a doctor in Britain’s National Health Service, at the Apollo Theater starting Oct. 22.
Wax said he also intended to bring back two other West End shows — “The Play That Goes Wrong” and “Magic Goes Wrong” — in November and December. All of Wax’s shows, as well as Kay’s, will be at venues run by Nimax, a major theater group. It said on Sunday that it would reopen all six of its West End venues this fall.
Britain’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, wrote in The Mail on Sunday early this month that his staff was working on a project to alow full theaters to return by Christmas, based on measures such as rapid coronavirus testing of audience members. The project was called Operation Sleeping Beauty, he added.
The “Six” announcement, and the other planned West End reopenings, are in stark contrast to the situation on Broadway, which is to remain closed for at least the rest of this year.
Wax said he had his fingers crossed that “Six” would reopen successfully and not suffer the same fate as his planned tour of drive-in venues.
“It’d be really heartbreaking to get so close again and then have the whole thing called off,” he said, adding: “But I’d rather get on with things than wait this out.”
West End Shows Announce a Return, Even as U.K. Coronavirus Cases Rise – The New York Times