Live opera and theatre begin again – Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park, and drive-in operas with ‘Uber boxes’
16 July 2020, 11:09 | Updated: 16 July 2020, 12:11
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre presents 70 shows of Jesus Christ Superstar, and the English National Opera’s drive-in La bohème will feature ‘Uber boxes’ in the resumption of live performances in London.
Live music is slowly returning to London, after months of silence due to the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, we heard outdoor performances with “a limited and socially distanced audience” would be allowed to resume – and now, a few trailblazers are leading the way.
Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has just announced 70 showings of its award-winning Jesus Christ Superstar, with reduced capacity down to 390 seats.
The shows, presented from Friday 14 August for six weeks, will have socially distanced audiences and cast members, to comply with the government’s latest regulations for performing arts.
From Fri 14 Aug @OpenAirTheatre are delighted to re-open their theatre with #JCStheConcert – a special concert staging of Jesus Christ Superstar, created by the team behind their multi-award winning production.— Jesus Christ Superstar (@JCSTheMusical) July 15, 2020
Find out more ➡️ https://t.co/xtgAfxWkop pic.twitter.com/0Qssrd21Gs
English National Opera has confirmed its outdoor productions of Puccini’s La bohème at London’s Alexandra Palace will feature “Uber Boxes”.
The tie-in with the car company presents a new way of buying “the best seats in the house”, according to chief exec Stuart Murphy. Hundreds of drivers and cyclists will be able to watch the 15 live shows in September, priced at around £100 for a car.
We’re delighted to announce that the first ENO Drive & Live will be taking place 19 – 27 September @Yourallypally with a specially staged 90-minute version of La bohème 🚗🎶— English National Opera (@E_N_O) June 19, 2020
Find out more and register your interest on our website 👉 https://t.co/UFxgf8Kd6r
We’ve also heard of a limited indoor “sound installation” at small theatre The Donmar Warehouse from 4 to 22 August, featuring Juliet Stevenson as narrator.
Blindness, an hour-long adaptation of José Saramago’s novel, will welcome a (no more than) 40-piece audience, all socially distanced and listening on headphones.
These have been really difficult times for those working in the performing arts industry. But as live music and theatre slowly start to eke back into our lives, it’s a reminder that we need them now more than ever.
Keep up-to-date with the government’s latest guidance for performing arts here.