Following government advice regarding COVID-19, the Criterion Theatre has been closed since March 15th. Our planned season of productions has been postponed and all other activities in the theatre building including use of the bar, social events, auditions, readings and children's drama classes have been cancelled.
As the lockdown is gradually being eased, the Board of Trustees is working to plan for a phased reopening. In phase one, since early June, parts of the building have been reopened for maintenance works. In phase two, we are working towards reopening for social events. However, while current government restrictions allow some pubs to reopen on July 4th, we will not be opening or reducing restrictions on this date. We need to act responsibly and safely and are currently working towards limited social opening connected to theatre activities in the Summer and the production of some live theatre performances, most likely from the early Autumn onwards, with all the necessary COVID-19 safety arrangements in place.
We hope you will agree it is paramount that we take the return to the new normal, slowly and carefully. At the moment, so much is uncertain with regard to requirements for theatres and you can be assured that we will continue to consider government guidance and the state of the COVID-19 situation in our local area and amend our plans accordingly. .
When we are finally able to open our doors again, you will notice all the fruits of our labour during lockdown including: completion of the planned new lighting rig; redecorated bar, foyer and props kitchen; renovated bar floor and a number of other maintenance improvements around the place. Thank you to all those who have been putting in so much work.
In the meantime, we continue to run regular virtual play readings, and are currently working on some online material which we hope to release over the Summer, including a performed reading and an online stream on demand play.
We so look forward to welcoming you back again soon,
The Board of Trustees