COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Updates

All OffWestEnd venues are currently closed.  This webpage is being developed to provide information on OffWestEnd VENUES, including their online activities and services, including recorded performances.  It also includes links to pages set up by many venues where you can make a donation to help pay staff and cover their other costs at this difficult time. We have just added this webpage and have invited all venues to send us an update regarding their status, and the page will be continuously updated as and when additional information is received.

We have also set up a separate webpage with information on OffWestEnd COMPANIES.

For information on individual venues (and their shows), please click on Theatres in top menu above, and select either Browse Events or Browse VenuesPlease note that most of the data regarding shows is now out of date – this will be updated by venues when they re-open.

For any queries or to send info to be added to this page, please email

Please note that we have included links where possible – they should all be working – apologies if there are any problems – do let us know if there any broken or incorrect links – send an email to


There is an update to the useful Theatre Online List (40+ Reasons For Staying In) which is now at (and also downloadable).

There is also a useful update at the London Pub Theatres website:

London Pub Theatres are also seeking donations to help pub theatres survive:

Click HERE for a very interesting article from The Stage – a salutary read.

There is also All The Web’s A Stage which will be held on 23 April, Shakespeare’s Birthday – more info via twitter:

There is also help available for those thinking of applying for any of Arts Council England‘s COVID-19 relief funding.  A National Application Reading Service has been put together which will help people get their application into the best shape possible. More information HERE.

The DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) is inviting written evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on any sectors under the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s remit (which includes culture and the creative industries).  Click HERE for more information.


Above the Stag

Currently closed.

The Albany

Click HERE to access updates via their website, and there are also updates available via their social media channels.


There was an online viewing up to 26 March, and we are keeping an eye out for future ones.  They are accepting bookings for some future productions:  Click HERE to donate.

Click HERE to make a donation.  Click HERE to access updates via their website.

Battersea Arts Centre

Click HERE for news and info via their regularly updated website blog and through their social media channels.  Donations to help support the artists and communities who work with them can be made HERE. 

Their groundbreaking film, Performance Live: The Way Out, is now online on BBC iPlayer as part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine season.  Filmed in one, continuous shot, this is the latest programme in the Performance Live strand: pioneering, artist-led commissions for television, supported by Arts Council England, BBC Arts and Battersea Arts Centre.  It features performances by Omid Djalili, Bláithín Mac Gabhann, Lucy McCormick, Caleb Femi, Botis Seva, Le Gateau Chocolat, The Cocoa Butter Club, Sanah Ahsan, and Too Hot For Candy:

The Blue Elephant

Still soliciting scripts and production proposals: (see report dated 10 March 2020).

Boulevard Theatre

Closed until further notice.

Bread and Roses

They are extending the theatre’s temporary closure and postponement of shows until 16th May 2020.  They will continue reviewing the situation on a day by day basis to see if it will be feasible to reopen after this date.  They are also aiming to reschedule the cancelled shows wherever possible.

Any ‘would have been’ audience can contribute to a donation pot which will be going fully to the visiting companies whose shows have had to be cancelled (proportionally distributed based on how many nights they would have played) – you can donate via the homepage – click HERE

You can also bring a little theatre home, discover new writing & support a playwright by purchasing one of their published plays:


You can donate via the homepage – click HERE.

Bridge House Theatre

All shows cancelled.

Bush Theatre

Links via website with info on how to support the theatre and to donate.  They are also tweeting news, advice, and a quiz via @bushtheatre, and there are lots of photos on Instagram bushtheatre

Calder Bookshop and Theatre

Updates via twitter and Facebook

Camden”s People Theatre

Closed until mid May.  Click HERE to make a donation.  They are tweeting info on resources to support freelancers – fort example:

Canal Cafe Theatre

Vist the website for links to places where reviews are posted for last performances and to buy a gift voucher or make a donation.  Their Facebook page is CanalCafeTheatre.


There are two ways in which you can offer financial help to ensure the theatre can stay open when this has passed: via DONATIONS or BECOMING A FRIEND.

Charing Cross Theatre

The Charing Cross Theatre facebook page – – have images from past productions and now has a message from Max, the company mascot, and they are running a quarantine playlist on their twitter page


They have launched #VirtualChickenshed and they have many exciting new platforms that they have created and are continuing to establish. They continue to deliver workshops to their membership, and their BTEC, Foundation Degree and BA (Hons) students are continuing with their education programmes.  Their TalesTV channel performed its first programme on 16 April, and showed the premiere of their Spring Show, Waiting for the Ship to Sail on Friday 17 April – this can be seen on YouTube:

Click HERE to make a donation.

Chiswick Playhouse

Click HERE to donate to their new Buy A Seat scheme which they have launched in the light of Covid-19.   Click HERE to become a Friend of the theatre.


Closed until the end of April (at least). 

The plan is to go online with Jazz In The Round via Facebook – click HERE for more information.  They are hosting a #TheatreMaker Happy Hour on Thursdays at 5:30pm on Zoom – info on Twitter

They now have a donation page – 

They are undertaking regular broadcasts –

They have online pre-show drinks, every Thursday evening – 

There are lots of other things as well –

Click HERE to join the mailing list for more updates.

Coronet Theatre

Closed until the Autumn season.  Click HERE to make a donation.  They have now announced Coronet Inside Out, a series of presentations which reflect the multi-artform, international nature of their programme, and the ongoing relationship with the artists they work with. This rolling programme of work will start on 08 Apr, with a new item added each week. Opening with a new poem by Ben Okri called Closed, Still Open, filmed in The Coronet Theatre, the on-going programme includes a film by Jazz pianist Jean-Michel Bernard, Haikus from David Harsent, and work by Lail Arad, Hanif Kureishi, Roberta Lima, Ibrahim Mahama, Hisham Matar, Zadoc Nava and Mitra Tabrizian.  Click HERE to access this programme.

Crazy Coqs

From Monday 6 April they are offering a free, online series: Stay at Home with Crazy Coqs. Crazy Coqs artists have been submitting content, some of it previously recorded at the venue, some of it created in isolation. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.00pm (the traditional start time for our first show), they will post something from our artists on our new YouTube channel: Expect a single song or sketch, a series of songs, a nearly full show or even a live-stream.  You can find more info via their social media accounts: @CrazyCoqs on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Though this is free, given that many artists find themselves without any means of generating an income during these challenging times, and with much needed government support not promised before June, they are linking these posts to, should those enjoying the posts want to make a donation.  Click HERE to donate to Crazy Coqs.

Drayton Arms

Updates on their twitter feed

Etcetera Theatre

Updates on their twitter feed  They are taking bookings for the Oktoberfest and Horrorfest in October – click HERE to access their website.

Finborough Theatre

Click HERE for their latest Venue News.  Click HERE for details of the ETPEP Award 2020 which is a playwriting prize for new UK playwrights who work in the theatre industry (deadline 30 June). You can also click HERE to donate / support.

Gate Theatre

Click HERE to access their Covid-19 statement.  Click HERE to donate or otherwise offer support.

Greenwich Theatre

There will be online events until 31 July on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays as part of Greenwich Connects, an online programme of interactive theatre opportunities for anyone and everyone to express and expand their creativity and engage with other members of the community through a series of weekly events.  There next show accepting bookings is the Snow White panto from 20 November: .  Click HERE to donate.

Half Moon

Now offering Half Moon Theatre at Home, a new initiative offering families around the world free access to children’s theatre online.  Every Wednesday a new production for young people will be made available online at, alongside access to backstage interviews, production photos and information about how the shows were created.

Hen and Chickens

Closed until 15th April (at least).

The Hope Theatre

Currently closed.

Hoxton Hall

Will give further update no later than 1st May.  Click HERE to donate.

ICA Theatre

A statement from Stefan Kalmár, Director of The Institute of Contemporary Arts on their website brings a reassuring message ‘All ICA staff will work from home and continue to be paid.’

Iris Theatre

Info is available on their website on their summer season, from 17 June to 30 August.  Click HERE to make a donation.  Paul Virides, Executive Director of Iris Theatre, is also co-producer of All The Web’s A Stage on 23 April, Shakespeare’s Birthday – more info via twitter:

Jack Studio

They now have a weekly blog, with scripts/past productions/quizzes etc.  They will also be posting updates on their website.  They are currently we are rescheduling shows, and still working on the Autumn programme.  Click HERE to donate.

Jacksons Lane 

Click HERE to make a donation. Updates are being posted on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, including short video tutorials tagged #JLShorts.

Jermyn St Theatre

Very sad news: just after reaching its initial £10,000 target in a public fundraising campaign, Jermyn Street Theatre was severely flooded on Wednesday 8 April. A pipe burst in an abandoned basement room belonging to a nearby building, resulting in a flood five feet in depth throughout the theatre’s basement area, destroying or damaging much of its workshop, technical store, props and furniture store, dressing rooms, offices and archives. 

Jermyn Street Theatre is currently unrolling its Brave New World programme of work for social isolation, which includes daily Shakespeare sonnets, regular evening cabaret performances, and A Cup of JSTea, in which actors and freelancers offer a cup of tea on the phone with isolated audience members. 

The theatre receives no statutory funding. Its crowdfunding campaign is at

You can donate, using Gift Aid, by downloading the following form: JST Support Form


Temporarily closed “due to the absolute rubbish that is coronavirus”.

King’s Head Theatre

Closed until 11th April (at least) – click HERE for info on options for previously purchased tickets.  Online stream Monday to Friday at 1pm to 1.30pm – offering a different window every day into the theatre, and accessible to everybody – click HERE for this week’s programme.  You can also find more via their Facebook and Instagram accounts.  Not a Facebook or Instagram user? All their #KHTOnline content is available to watch on their website from 5pm on the day of broadcast. 

Lion & Unicorn

All shows postponed until Easter.  Twitter:

The Little Angel

The theatre is expected to be closed until the start of July but is adding new material daily to its
YouTube channel including popular fairy tales told by Little Angel performers, crafts for ages 3-11
and puppet shows to make at home. There is an adaptation of Jon Klassen’s picture book I Want My
Hat Back directed by Ian Nicholson aimed at 3-6 year olds available on their YouTube page until
Monday 27 April. He will be completing the trilogy next month, with This is not My Hat broadcast
on Sunday 3 May, and We Found a Hat on Sunday 24 May, both at 11am. They will remain
available for 14 days All material is provided for free but donations appreciated

Lyric Hammersmith

Closed until 17 April (at present).  Taking bookings for Sammy Davis the Musical (opening 28 July).  Click HERE to donate.  Very active on twitter @LyricHammer with interesting historical titbits and @Spotify podcast links to Studio Talks; Also active on Instagram lyrichammersmith

Millfield Theatre 

Closed but “they are keeping hearts, minds and imaginations open”.  Website includes a signup for updates.

New Diorama Theatre

Their Associate Ensemble Breach Theatre’s show It’s True, It’s True, It’s True is available to stream online for 30 days from 31 March click HERE for info.

In addition, the Poltergeist team will be live-tweeting along with performance stories, anecdotes from rehearsal, and peeks into the process with the hashtag #LightsOverLockdown – this includes their show Lights Over Tesco Car Park. Feel free to join in – you can find them on @PoltergeistTC – this is available from 4 April for 30 days:

Deafinitely Theatre’s award-winning production of Mike Bartlett’s Contractions will be available throughout June:

Old Red Lion Theatre

Performances suspended until further notice.


Click HERE for their statement dealing with their predicament and how to support and carry on engaging with the theatre.  Their active twitter account – – posts and retweets interesting links about activities and information for  writers, actors and punters or you can sign up to get a regular newsletter and access comprehensive selection of videos of interviews with past directors and actors. 

OurDay Media have now partnered with Omnibus Theatre so that you can access a DEM TIMES live performance digitally.  From YouTube to Instagram TV, podcasts to live interactive broadcasts, Omnibus will be giving audiences and collaborators the chance to connect and engage during these challenging times. 

Omnibus Theatre Online has launched with a performance of Our Day’s coming-of-age comedy-drama DEM TIMES.  This was recorded live at King’s Place for London Podcast Festival 2019 – and you can watch it HERE.  There is also a section on this webpage for donations, touching on the financial blow of our original live event having to be cancelled. This is a difficult time for theatres and theatre-makers so if you feel a bit generous feel free to donate any amount.

You can access the best of Omnibus Theatre digitally.  Join them every Tuesday to enjoy the best of Omnibus Theatre from your living room:

Also, there is the Omnibus Theatre Online: Young People hub where you can download two new activity packs each week for young people to polish up on their drama skills and have some creative fun in the process:

Orange Tree Theatre

Maya Arad Yasur’s prize-winning play Amsterdam directed by Matthew Xia is now available for free for a limited time through OT on Screen: This co-production with Actors Touring Company and Theatre Royal Plymouth was filmed live at the OT last autumn and had just commenced a national tour, which has had to be cancelled. The capture was commissioned by The Space, supported by Arts Council England and produced by the Roundhouse.

Over the coming weeks, the best of our archive, with articles about past productions to read, interviews and insights to watch, and podcasts to listen to, will all be available on our website and YouTube channel. Additional content will be posted to the OT’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.

We will also continue to be in regular contact with our community, including our Youth Theatre and Young Company and Over 60s groups who will be making work collaboratively online.

The Orange Tree made the difficult but necessary decision to close for the foreseeable future on 16 March. As an independent producing theatre, ticket income is crucial to the OT: in response to the crisis the theatre has launched a Survival Fund to secure its return. More information:

They have a very active twitter account @OrangeTreeThtr and are also on Instagram orangetreetheatre

Other Palace (Studio)

No live streaming or live social media platform performances or concerts scheduled as yet but there are links on their Twitter feed to Myth The Musical – originally produced in March 2018, written by Sam Cassidy and directed by Arlene Phillips which can be viewed on YouTube, and to an “in conversation” with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Lin Manuel Miranda as well as other recent interviews; there’s also a link to their Musical Theatre Pub Quiz which will stream live on Monday 13 April and is being produced in partnership with @AllThatProds as a “boredom buster”


Currently closed, having vacated its premises at Oval – the plan is to reopen at a new, purpose-built site in Brixton in Spring 2021.  Click HERE for info on their fund-raising activities.  You can also Buy A Brick for Brixton  (£100, £250 or £500) or Take a Seat (£1,000).

Park Theatre

Closed its doors in mid-March curtailing the run of La Cage aux Folles (The Play) and Corpse!  The production of Clybourne Park is on hold but you can catch a glimpse of rehearsals and conversation with the cast HERE and you can follow their fortunes on twitter via #theshowwillgoon and @clybourneParkUK.

The Park Theatre is also using this enforced ‘down time’ to encourage casting directors to peruse the CVs of some of the theatre’s staff, who are also actors, by posting their showreels on Twitter @ParkTheatre And if the disappearance of the day job or the rigours of remaining indoors have prompted the creation of a script idea you might have been kicking around but never had time to develop, well, the Park Theatre is inviting all aspiring script writers to drop them a line. Send your ideas and outlines to @MelliBond, Artistic Associate Director at the theatre and, well, who knows, your play might be chosen for their accelerator programme and a new career may beckon. Melli manages the annual Script Accelerator scheme and also programmes the shows in the Park90 space. The team is also planning free online workshops on how to develop your own theatre company from scratch Sign up at #OVConnect to get involved.

Platform Theatre

Unfortunately their website appears to be down, including the link from Central Saint Martins. CSM itself is closed until further notice. 

Playground Theatre

Cafe & bar team are using the Theatre to prepare & deliver hot meals to the elderly, vulnerable and otherwise-in-need residents of North Kensington – you can donate towards their efforts HERE.  They are also looking at how they can continue their outreach projects online – click HERE for info on Well Read, their online play reading sessions in partnership with St Charles Hospital to involve mental health and older patients.  @PlaygroundW10 |


Click HERE to access page to donate and continue support. Their twitter account – – has all the most recent announcements 

Queens Theatre Hornchurch

Click HERE for the latest update on re-scheduled performances.

Rich Mix

Closed “for two weeks from 18 March”. Options to make a one-off donation or to become a member.  They are staying active on Twitter, and have launched #RichMixPicks – offering regular selections of art and culture to be enjoyed at home.

Riverside Studios

Launched ‘Virtual Riverside’ – a collection of community activities and carefully curated programming from across the internet to keep you occupied and engaged during the Coronavirus lockdown.  The programme can be found here  Click HERE to make a donation.

Liza Pulman’s The Heart Of It was due to take place at London’s iconic Riverside Studios, on the shores of the River Thames in May, as part of the opening season of venue’s five-year redevelopment. Liza Pulman will now play a week-long run of seven performances from Monday 19 April to Sunday 25 April 2021 with tickets on sale soon.

Rosemary Branch

Events from May onwards are being updated on Facebook, writing opportunities are being shared on Twitter, and other picture posts on Instagram. Merchandise is also available online though please check if they are processing orders. 

Shoreditch Town Hall

Have been hosting some Instagram Lives with artist Harry-Clayton Wright.

Southwark Playhouse

Indecent Proposal has been moved from 25 May – 27 June, to 25 September – 24 October, with previews running until 1 October:

Straight White Men has been moved from 27 May – 20 June, to 16 September – 10 October, with previews running until 21 September:

Before he wrote Preludes, Dave Malloy wrote Beardo, which is a musical about Rasputin, who was a Russian mystic alive at the turn of the 20th century. You can watch it free for a limited period:

Remember Islander? Remember those beautiful tunes? Finn Anderson, who wrote the music and lyrics, is doing a live concert on YouTube on Wednesday 22nd April! It’s at 7.30pm, it’s totally free (with a suggested donation for new musical theatre cultivation):

The Beast Will Rise is still rocking along – in case you need refreshing that’s a series of brand spanking new monologues by king of new writing Philip Ridley. Watch Zarabooshka performed by Grace Hogg-Robinson at, and check back for Chihuahua performed by Charlie Quirke.

XPOSED, from the legends at Full Disclosure who have brought four cracking LGBTQ+ themed new writing nights to Southwark Playhouse in the past, are ALSO looking for submissions for their next showcase with them:

Residents, workers and visitors of Southwark can click on the link below to express support for our ongoing construction project (that is: our amazing brand new ‘forever’ home at 80 Newington Butts.):

They are sharing via Twitter recordings of past shows, including a song from Operation Mincemeat and the  full production of Bound – the latter is also available on YouTube.    The Operation Mincemeat company have also released ‘Dear Bill’ on Soundcloud and there are songs on Facebook.  You can also access Young Jean Lee’s (Straight White Men) one-woman show,  and her playwriting workshop.  Their musical theatre quarantine playlist is on Spotify. You can also view the song “For Your Light To Shine from the musical Fiver from last summer – newly recorded by all the original cast members (in isolation, obv) – on YouTube – WARNING: EMOTIONAL CONTENT!!!

Click HERE to access their Donation page. 

The Space

They are hosting ScriptSpace Readings, monthly Director online meet-ups, and weekly #LiveAtFive on Facebook Live (Mondays at 5pm) – to sign up for these sessions, check their twitter account –

Tara Arts

Limited additional information on their website.

Theatre Deli
Closed until 30 April.  Their Twitter feed has retweeted posts from and links to other theatre companies / productions, e.g. [whalesong], a short soundscape uploaded to YouTube, and Benjamin Yeoh’s recent live webinar; Facebook carries a donation appeal – included in their “temporary closure” post – and there are similar links as in their Twitter feed.

Theatre Royal Stratford East

They are putting on a virtual play called No Masks – click HERE for details: “We are inviting local key workers to share a video of themselves describing the highs and lows of their encounters working on the frontline during the pandemic. These monologues will then be used to form a virtual play, performed and recorded by professional actors and members of our Young Actors Company. We’ll also be showcasing these videos on our digital story wall. At the end of the project, the final video will free to view online”


The cast and director of Paper Cut which was about to open are looking at ways to film the show and make it available online. The deadline for their 2020 Theatre503 International Playwriting Award has passed and they have 1,719 scripts submitted.  They have lively Twitter and Facebook profiles which direct automatically to their facility to donate – these are very well maintained with their latest activities and news.

Tower Theatre

They have a regular podcast and are starting “Virtual Tower” on Tuesday evenings (playreadings via Zoom) but this is for Members Only.

Trafalgar Studios (2)
No live streamed or archive performances currently scheduled – their Twitter and Facebook accounts carry the same information

Tristan Bates

Closed until 22 June.

Turbine Theatre

There is a mailing list for updates and a FAQs page for enquiries regarding cancellations and refunds. The Artistic Director Paul Taylor-Mills also set up FFF (Funds For Freelancers) to help actors, creatives, ushers working in theatre affected by the closures – donations have now reached £50k.

The Unicorn

Currently closed until 21 June.  Click HERE to make a donation.  They will be updating on social media and by email


Click HERE to read their heartfelt letter on their website.  Click HERE for info on how you can support them at:

Upstairs at the Gatehouse, Highgate

The production that had just begun its run when the Covid closures were enforced was Once Upon a Mattress – a musical about love, lechery and a legume.  Click HERE to check out the behind-the-scenes story of how Offie nominee Beth Burrows collaborated with director Mark Giesser to create the show.

The Vaults

Click HERE to donate, or support the Vault Festival by buying merchandise.

Waterloo East Theatre

All performances postponed until April 28.

Watford Palace Theatre

Click HERE to donate.  They are looking to create a new digital project which will be available online and for everyone over the coming weeks.

The White Bear

Not currently raising funds as such though has, like many others, asked ticket-holders for cancelled shows to leave funds in the theatre’s kitty, to help tide it over.

Wilton’s Music Hall:

Closed to the end of April (at least) and the Wilton’s Music 4all Festival has also been cancelled.  Click HERE to make a donation.

The Yard

Closed until further notice.  The Yard has launched an Art For Isolation series, featuring live and recorded performances, quarantine art challenges, and re-watches of live pre-quarantine party nights. Find them all here:  Click HERE to make a donation.

Ye Olde Rose and Crowne

Nothing special on their website.


Director’s Cut Viral Verses

These can be accessed HERE.

Housetrap Theatre & Arts Festival 2020

The team at Immersive LDN (the West End venue dedicated to developing and staging theatre-led immersive experiences, which like all London and UK theatres has closed its doors for the foreseeable future) present the Housetrap Theatre & Arts Festival, which will now be taking place on Wednesday 8 April, streaming live from 6.30pm.  The Festival is donation based, so audiences can give as they are able, and all the money raised will be shared between the artists performing. #HousetrapFestival

The Ultimatum Game

Two people are shut in a room for an hour with a million pounds. If they can agree within one on how to split it, they get to keep the money. If they can’t agree, they get nothing.  The Ultimatum Game will debut on on Sunday 5 April at 5pm. Tickets are a suggested donation of £5, payable via A Treehouse Production.

Immersive Dracula

Immersive Dracula is a London theatre show about complicity and wilful ignorance when powerful men are accused of dark deeds. They sold out every ticket, and then a week before opening night the coronavirus pandemic forced them to postpone.  Many of the cast have lost their second jobs because of the virus and now face food insecurity and/or housing insecurity. Click HERE for more info on their cast hardship fund.  They will also be streaming 36 hours of gothic fiction on Good Friday (Apr 10th) at 8pm GMT to raise more funds. The stream will include readings from Dracula, Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and many, many more, from Immersive Dracula’s cast, crew and friends. The entire stream will be presented on Philosophy Tube, the channel of Dracula performer Olly Thorn, with over 35 million views on Youtube.

SIGNAL ONLINE concert – new work by composers of Six, Rags, Parkland and The View UpStairs

This will be held on Tuesday, 14 April 2020 at 7.30pm GMT (3.30pm EST) via YouTube.  You can also click HERE to see pictures from previous Signal events.  Their social media links are #SIGNALONLINE @ALPmusicals.