Broadway Theaters to Remain Closed Through May 2021

By Anna Breuer on 9 October 2020
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The Great White Way will remain closed for at least another seven months.

The Broadway League, the trade association representing the industry’s 41 theaters, issued a statement Friday morning saying that its theaters would remain closed through the end of May 2021.  The previously announced reopening date was the end of the current year and, prior to that, September 6 and June 7 were both announced as possible dates for reopening the Theater District.

The move comes on the heel of the Metropolitan Opera’s announcement that it would be cancelling its 2020-21 season amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

“The alchemy of 1000 strangers bonding into a single audience fueling each performer on stage and behind the scenes will be possible again when Broadway theatres can safely host full houses,” said Thomas Schumacher, the group’s chairman, in June.

Theaters in London’s West End temporarily closed on March 16 “until further notice,” as part of a move to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a move that followed Broadway’s by four days, but six are slated to reopen this fall.

Even before the announcement was made, several theaters had opted to close.  The Old Vic was the first, bringing its run of “Endgame” starring Daniel Radcliffe to a close two weeks early.  The Arcola, Turbine Theatre and Young Vic quickly followed suit.

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