Norwich Theatre Royal has reopened its doors to the public for the first time since being closed down by the Covid-19 pandemic in March. The Theatre held a limited run of shows in a temporary venue over the summer, but the the Theatre itself hasn't been open to audiences for over eight months, so it's with great joy that Norwich is now able to again enjoy live Theatre in one of its key venues.
This news is not just good for the Theatre. All arts practitioners have taken a huge hit this year with the closing of live venues, so every positive news story should be seen as good for the sector as a whole. The process hasn't been straightforward, and the Theatre has striven to ensure that every possible precaution has been taken. As this article in the EDP outlines, there have been many additional steps taken other than just the much-talked-about reduced capacity. From a strict division into four sections of the auditorium, each with their own entrance, to new technology installed to assist with the cleaning between performances, it's been an exercise in revamping their delivery, not just re-opening the doors. But the result is that the show is going on and that's great news for audiences as well as for the artists, backstage crew, Front of House workers and other staff whose livelihoods depend on our Arts venues surviving this crushing year.