Outdoor shows and decoy audiences herald return of live theatre this summer

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Small, agile productions are preparing for a May start, as experts predict virtual events will outlast the pandemic

Live entertainment is coming back in two halves, much like a traditional night at the theatre. First, a new breed of open-air shows, solo performances and inventive productions for smaller audiences will lead the way this spring, then in late summer and early autumn many of Britain’s grander theatres will follow, once audiences can safely be admitted again in capacity crowds.

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“Small is beautiful for now,” said Maggie Clarke of Without Walls, a festival and event consortium. She and her colleagues are experiencing a boom in demand for outdoor shows, with the work schedule at least doubling. “We have 21 new projects, many of them are dance, but we have a whole range and we are keeping all the productions slim and trim.

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Outdoor shows and decoy audiences herald return of live theatre this summer

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Small, agile productions are preparing for a May start, as experts predict virtual events will outlast the pandemic

Live entertainment is coming back in two halves, much like a traditional night at the theatre. First, a new breed of open-air shows, solo performances and inventive productions for smaller audiences will lead the way this spring, then in late summer and early autumn many of Britain’s grander theatres will follow, once audiences can safely be admitted again in capacity crowds.

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“Small is beautiful for now,” said Maggie Clarke of Without Walls, a festival and event consortium. She and her colleagues are experiencing a boom in demand for outdoor shows, with the work schedule at least doubling. “We have 21 new projects, many of them are dance, but we have a whole range and we are keeping all the productions slim and trim.

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