Leamington’s Loft Theatre will reopen next month with some family fun on the riverbank.
It has been closed for 16 months closed but performances will start on stage again on the July 14 with a socially distanced production of Alan Bennett’s adaptation of the classic tale The Wind in the Willows.
The Loft Theatre is proud to have been ‘See It Safely’ approved, meaning that Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s has verified it for complying with the latest government and industry Covid guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and audience members.
Over the past few months the team at the Loft – made up almost entirely by volunteers – have pulled together to make sure the building is as safe as possible to reopen including enhanced cleaning and socially distanced rehearsals.
The theatre will operate at a reduced capacity for every performance, even if restrictions are lifted before the last night.
The Wind in the Willows will kick off a new season at the Loft which will include; The Children by Lucy Kirkwood in September, Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton in October, and Company by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth in December.
Artistic Director, Sue Moore said: “It is third time lucky for us to reopen the theatre with this glorious version of The Wind in the Willows.
“I was keen that we should reopen by staging a full length, socially distanced production, but of course we needed a whole team who were prepared to engage with that idea. The way this reopening has been brought about is a testament to the character and spirit of this terrific theatre company.
“Robert Lowe who is directing has assembled a talented cast and crew to bring you the most eagerly awaited production. We cannot wait to welcome our audience.”
Chairman of the Loft, David Fletcher added: “Lockdown has been a huge challenge for all theatres, but the Loft has taken the opportunity to make extensive improvements to our theatre. We will re-open with care and confidence, and with a renewed energy.”
Visit www.lofttheatrecompany.com for tickets and further details, including safety information.