Lord Lloyd-Webber may take legal action if full reopening of theatres is delayed

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday February 17 File photo dated 30/11/19 of Andrew Lloyd Webber, who has said it is "vital" that theatres continue with measures to improve ventilation even after audiences are vaccinated. Issue date: Wednesday February 17, 2021.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has reportedly raised the prospect of taking legal action against the Government if theatres are not allowed to reopen at full capacity from June 21.

The composer told the Daily Mail a delay in England’s reopening could prove to be “the final death blow” for the beleaguered sector.

While indoor entertainment venues were able to reopen from last month at reduced capacity, the restrictions meant it was not financially viable for many theatres.

There are now doubts surrounding the June 21 full reopening amid concerns over the impact of Covid-19 variants.

A quiet Shaftesbury Avenue pictured in March

Lord Lloyd-Webber said if theatres are blocked from a full reopening, the issue becomes “what is the legality of the whole thing?”.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, 73, said he is happy to ask theatre-goers to wear masks and pointed to the success of the Government’s indoor events trials.

He cited the example of the World Snooker Championships at Sheffield’s Crucible and said it had “shown there is no increased risk of transmission of Covid in a theatre”.

Lord Lloyd-Webber’s production of Cinderella is set to open at the Gillian Lynne theatre in the West End later this month.