A lockdown in the United Kingdom will impact the runs of several London productions that were aiming to restart this fall.
On Saturday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that England would enter a lockdown from Nov. 5 through at least Dec. 2 due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country. The lockdown coincides with the planned returns of several shows at Nimax theaters, including “Six,” and “Adam Kay: This is Going to Hurt,” as well as a run at London’s National Theatre.
“Despite our best efforts to bring live entertainment back to the West End; following the government announcement on Saturday 31 October our theatres will close from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December,” Nimax Theatres said in a statement on their website.
The one-man show, “Adam Kay: This Is Going to Hurt,” which was already in progress at Nimax’s Apollo Theatre, will end its run on Nov. 4. The show was originally scheduled to run until Nov. 15.
“Six” was scheduled for an 11-week run at the Lyric Theatre beginning Nov. 14. The show’s website now has ticket dates listed for Dec. 5, 2020 through Jan. 31, 2021.
London’s National Theatre will end the run of “Death of England: Delroy” on Nov. 4, cutting short the planned run from Oct. 21 through Nov. 28.
“The Play that Goes Wrong” and “Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” are scheduled for runs at Nimax theaters beginning Dec. 8 and Dec. 12 respectively. Nimax Theatres has not issued a statement on the status of these runs, but said the company would “be in touch with ticket holders for all affected shows in due course.”
In September, Kenny Wax, producer of “Six,” and “The Play That Goes Wrong,” said he was planning to bring back his productions in order to give work to staff. Still, he acknowledged the possibility that the theaters may close before the runs could begin.
“If I have to close down again, I’ll close down and we’ll have another go,” Wax said at the time.