10 MAY 2021


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Article from BTNews 10 MAY 2021

ON TOUR: London opens up

With the first round of English reopenings starting on Monday 17 May this week’s ON TOUR is unusual.

BTN’s editor-in-chief took a walk last week from Covent Garden, through Chinatown and into Soho.  He was impressed on how much of the area has been pedestrianised with heaps of dining out, many covered, and some with heaters too.  

London is clearly ready to welcome back its workers, and more important the tourists.  For out of towners now is the time to take a look at the hospitality centre of the capital. Either come by train, or fly, but leave your car at a convenient Tube station. Stay the night and see a show.  The hotels can only be described currently as cheap (see BTN 3 May Hotel Week London).  

Why was the editor-in-chief in town?  To buy tickets for The Mousetrap for 17 May ‘With an all-star cast!’.  It is now sold out!


For the most up-to-date information on social distancing at shows pre- and post-21 June, we recommend checking the show or theatre’s website.

London shows opening indoors with social distancing from 17 May


From 17 May The Mousetrap St Martin’s Theatre
17 May - 26 June Harm Bush Theatre
18 May - 13 June Cruise Duchess Theatre
19 May - 13 June Love Letters Theatre Royal Haymarket
19 May - 5 June Six Artists In Search Of A Play Almeida Theatre
20 - 23 May Herding Cats Soho Theatre
21 May - 12 June Reasons You Should(n’t) Love Me Kiln Theatre
22 May - 12 June Walden (part of RE:EMERGE) Harold Pinter Theatre
28 May - 10 July The Death Of A Black Man Hampstead Theatre
  2 June - 24 July After Life National Theatre - Dorfman
  2 - 19 June The Sun, The Moon And The Stars Theatre Royal Stratford East
11 June - 24 July Raya  Hampstead Theatre
16 June - 3 July J’Ouvert (part of RE:EMERGE) Harold Pinter Theatre
16 June - 24 July Under Milk Wood National Theatre - Olivier
18 June - 24 July Out West (triple bill) Lyric Hammersmith
From 18 June The Play That Goes Wrong Duchess Theatre
18 June - 12 Sept Constellations Vaudeville Theatre


17 May - 12 June You Are Here Southwark Playhouse
19 May - 11 July Death Drop Garrick Theatre
From 20 May  Everybody’s Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre
From 20 May Les Miserables - The Staged Concert Sondheim Theatre
From 20 May Amelie The Musical Criterion Theatre
From 21 May Six Lyric Theatre
21 May - 6 June ABBA Mania! Shaftesbury Theatre
27 - 30 May Public Domain Vaudeville Theatre
  7 June - 11 Oct Showstoppers! Garrick Theatre


From 21 May Magic Mike Live Hippodrome Casino
25 May - 9 June Here Come The Boys London Palladium
26 May - 18 July Kaleider’s The Money The Chamber, London County Hall
  2 - 6 June The Show Must Go On! Palace Theatre
  7 - 13 June Alyssa, Memoirs Of A Queen! Vaudeville Theatre


17 - 23 May La Clemenza Di Tito (Royal Opera) Royal Opera House
17 - 19 & 25 -30 May Reunion (English National Ballet) Sadler’s Wells
18 - 30 May 21st Century Choreographers (Royal Ballet) Royal Opera House
21 - 22 May Overflow (Alexander Whitley Company) Sadler’s Wells
  2 - 5 June Draw From Within (Rambert) Sadler’s Wells
  4 - 13 June Balanchine and Robbins (Royal Ballet) Royal Opera House
  8 - 10 June Dangerous Liaisons (Northern Ballet) Sadler’s Wells
  8 - 10 June Contemporary Cuts (Northern Ballet) Sadler’s Wells
19 June - 6 July La Boheme (Royal Opera) Royal Opera House

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OUR READERS' FINEST WORDS (All times and dates are GMT)

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Paul Kay, London, UK

..."I'll Be Back Busking On The London Underground...Keep Tuned To BTN to See What Stations I'll Be Gigging At"....

Sally Smyth, West Ham

What about my favourite showplace, Wilton’s Music Hall. Here is the website https://wiltons.org.uk/