Show Stoppers Column: West End shows set to resume

Cara Lee shares great news that The Mousetrap is set to return to the West End in October, plus sad news of cancelled MK shows.

Following on from our list of all the ways that theatre can be supported, we’ve had even more reason to be optimistic in the last month or so.

With regards to streaming, one show has recently risen up to be the most talked about in the last month; the must-see musical Hamilton has become available on Disney Plus, filmed on Broadway with the original cast.

It’s a unique combination of hip hop, rap, musical theatre and a long list of other genres. It was revolutionary when it first opened in 2015 and since then it’s become one of the hottest tickets on both
Broadway and the West End.

For theatre fans who were happy to travel further afield than MK, long running murder mystery The Mousetrap have announced that they’ll be among the first West End shows to reopen on the 23rd of October, with safety measures in place.

Going more local, one of the biggest announcements in theatre land was for a show that was set to be opening up here in Milton Keynes.

The hit musical Six was to embark on a socially distanced drive-in tour, starting at the National Bowl
from the 4th to the 9th of August.

The show, which remixes the story of Henry VIII’s wives using modern music, was to be performed at a safe
distance, with the show being projected on live screens and with each car having its own square for singing, dancing and partying like it’s 1535.

But sadly the promoters of the Six shows and all of those under the Utilita Live umbrella have announced
that the shows have been cancelled – including all those at the National Bowl – due to the potential of
local lockdowns.

Six isn’t the only major event at the National Bowl this month to be cancelled as fans of Tom Grennan, Beverly Knight, Dizzee Rascal and more have also been left disappointed.

But some good news to finish… at the time of writing the government have pledged £1.57bn to support Arts and Culture through this tough time. However, it’s important to remember that the entire sector still needs our support, so keep up everything you’ve been doing so far.

This feature was published in the August 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

One comment

  1. Blumenthal and Broadway- I still have no idea when they will open up again. For Blumenthal, I really want both Belk and Ovens to open: those two theaters are how I see the Broadway Tours.


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