I cannot exaggerate this.'. Everything you need to know about your COVID-secure visit to the London Coliseum. While we are delighted to see our first socially-distanced audiences return to our theatres, we continue to press for clarity around the full reopening of theatres across the country before irreparable damage is done to our industry. But the problem is much bigger than any one establishment. It may surprise some to learn that Phantom of the Opera is currently playing in Seoul to packed houses. At the beginning of the reopening, only half those Koreans with booked seats were prepared to attend. At the Theatre Royal, Plymouth - one of Britain's most successful regional theatres - we have had to let go of our freelancers, and this week we started consulting on laying off 110 people: one-third of our full-time staff. Try to imagine a world without your local theatre: Christmas without panto for the children, or trips to London's West End. Republican senator Ben Sasse predicts Donald Trump will 'LOSE and take down the Senate' and says he 'kisses dictators' butts, sells out our allies, mocks evangelicals, and mistreats women', Republicans say they will subpoena Jack Dorsey over Twitter locking Trump campaign account and blocking users tweeting links to Biden-Ukraine stories - and could target Facebook's Zuckerberg next, Second batch of smoking gun emails reveal Hunter Biden's negotiations with 'disappeared' Chinese energy company chairman for a $30 MILLION consultancy fee 'for introductions alone', Rudy Giuliani's daughter Caroline, 31, slams her father for feeding Trump's 'mob mentality' after blasting him as the 'President's personal bulldog' in stinging essay urging readers to vote for Joe Biden, Peloton recalls pedals on 27,000 of its bikes after 16 customers needed medical care including stitches when they broke off, Forget snowstorms, this winter will be mild and dry with warmer-than-average temperatures, NOAA reveals. The Prime Minister and his scientific advisers must get behind a new regime that will allow theatres to open again. Masks are worn. I don't know, certainly not in my lifetime. The comments below have not been moderated. RAH chief executive Craig Hassall said venues including his own, The Old Vic and Shakespeare's Globe would be unable to reopen despite the reduced measures. Actor James Corden said: 'This is utterly heartbreaking.'. Her intervention comes as theatre bosses have warned of a 'catastrophic collapse' in the industry if severe restrictions are kept in place after lockdown. But people sit side by side, with no social distancing. But in a letter to The Times yesterday, Britain's 85 leading performing arts organisations including the National Theatre said the Government needs to provide 'immediate and substantial' financial support to give theatres any hope of survival. Please note that these are reflective of the current government guidelines and may be subject to change. But after a dozen or so performances, the figure shot up to above 90 per cent. 'When you hear that the (Old) Vic is in trouble, and you hear the Nuffield in Southampton is in trouble, and Leicester and Nottingham and Southport - this is what we rely on, and it's a desperate feeling. Many regional theatres have a reputation for developing acting and writing talent.