Theatre has had severe challenges since the start of the pandemic, with each establishment re-developing their own methods of continuing their work during very difficult months.
Greenwich Theatre’s Artistic Director, James Haddrell speaks with the South London News Online about how the theatre will future-proof itself as we all navigate sustaining ways of connecting with each other.
“…When I took up the position of director in 2007 I gave an interview to The Stage newspaper in which I described the theatre as having a split-personality – but I said then, and I still believe now, that the divisions are something to be celebrated, not cured.
Just as we present work for a range of audiences in a range of styles and at a range of prices, offering something for as wide and diverse a community as possible, so too will we welcome audiences with a range of Covid expectations.
For the pantomime, we strongly encourage mask wearing, and we have consciously kept a number of performances from selling out to allow audiences to spread out.
As we plan our next in-house production for the spring we will open with distanced performances before moving on to full capacity houses. Meanwhile we are soon to be broadcasting a new three-part family musical on Maritime Radio, for those who would still prefer not to attend in person at all…”