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Lifting of Restrictions 19

Published: 19 July 2021

We knew that opening our theatre this summer under the government’s restrictions would prove financially difficult, especially following such a curtailed season in 2020 (when we were able to play to just one third of our usual capacity), and it has been frustrating that guidance has required that we operate under the same regulations as indoor theatres. Latest government guidance now means that we can lift the majority of these regulations, including the removal of social distanced seating and face coverings.

Everyone who had purchased tickets for the season prior to 19 July had been made aware that we would open to full capacity once we were able to do so, and tickets purchased on this understanding. As a charity that receives no regular funding, we rely on ticket sales, so returning to 100% capacity - for the first time in 22 months - offers a lifeline to the theatre.

However, whilst government restrictions have been lifted, the safety of our audience is important to us. Therefore:

  • our staff will continue to wear face coverings and we strongly recommend that audiences also wear a face covering during their visit;
  • please be mindful that some audience members may feel nervous, especially if they are sitting directly next to someone without a face covering;
  • hand sanitiser stations will continue to be available throughout the theatre;
  • screens will be maintained at service points;
  • we will maintain our programme of enhanced cleaning; and
  • all payments at the theatre will be by card only,

Please do not attend the theatre if you:

  • believe you may be infected with covid-19;
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 14 days;
  • have recently arrived in England and government guidelines require you to self-isolate; or
  • have been instructed to self-isolate.

We will continuing to follow government guidance, but with these processes in place, and as an entirely outdoor theatre, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is the perfect place to experience live theatre once again, and we look forward to welcoming everyone this summer.

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