Show Stoppers Column: The return of theatre is mapped out

Cara Lee talks about limited capacity performances that could be taking place, as the roadmap out of lockdown is a bright light for theatre fans.

It’s been a pretty good couple of months for theatre fans, as we have finally got a roadmap for reopening!

If everything goes to plan, at the time of writing, theatres and other performance venues should reopen to limited capacity on the 17th of May, as the third step in the roadmap announced by the government in late February.

Of course, it could still be delayed if there’s a sudden spike in cases and it won’t be exactly the same as it was before, with the aforementioned limited capacity and social distancing still being in place, but it’s still great news.

After the 17th of May, the first show back at MK Theatre will be acapella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, once called “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors” by Nelson Mandela.

In this show, they’ll be paying tribute to and celebrating the music of their founder Joseph Shabalala.

Other shows coming up soon after the reopening will include Kevin Clifton: Burn the Floor on the 21st of May, ABBA Mania on the 30th and the Addams Family Musical from the 1st to the 5th of June.

Over at The Stables, which briefly reopened last year, Carl Hutchinson will be the first act to play the day after the 17th.

Other acts currently on the bill for May are Harriet, rescheduled from the 11th of July 2020 to the 21st of May this year, the Dublin Legends on the 24th and Cherry Lee Mewis on the 29th.

Although they haven’t officially commented on the recent news, it’s also presumed that Stantonbury Theatre will be back at this time if venues are allowed to reopen, so watch this space!

Kevin Clifton’s Burn the Floor show will also be making a stop at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on the 20th May.

Other shows planned close to reopening for Aylesbury will be the Simon and Garfunkel Story on the 28th May and Al Murray on the 30th.

We’ll have to wait a little while longer to be back in business (both figuratively and literally), but there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

Cara Lee is an MK based freelance writer and editor, who also writes the theatre blog In the Lights. You can find her on Twitter at @LeeInTheLights, on Instagram at @inthelightsblog and on Facebook at @caraleecontent

This feature was published in the April and May 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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