FILE PHOTO: Cameron Waterproof coat, producer of the movie “Les Miserables”, which is a finest image Oscar nominee, arrives on the Nice British Movie Reception to honor the British Oscar nominees on the residence of the British Consul Basic in Los Angeles February 22, 2013. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photograph
Might 21, 2021
By Hanna Rantala
LONDON (Reuters) – London and its famed West Finish leisure district are “coming alive once more” after months of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, veteran theatre producer Cameron Waterproof coat stated on Thursday as he reopened a staged live performance of hit musical “Les Miserables”.
Waterproof coat, identified for producing reveals like “Phantom of the Opera” and “Cats”, welcomed audiences again to his Sondheim Theatre three days after indoor leisure venues reopened their doorways within the newest lockdown easing in England.
“A number of of our reveals already have gotten again the advance that that they had earlier than the pandemic hit. So I’m very inspired within the public curiosity, which I believe will solely get stronger,” Waterproof coat advised Reuters.
“That is the primary week London’s reopened with the eating places. You’ll be able to see, you’ll be able to really feel it on the street, London is coming alive once more. And it’s pleasantly busy and buzzy now.”
A couple of third of London theatres have reopened this week however with strict social distancing measures, that means they need to function at 50% capability. Large musical productions are solely planning to reopen in the summertime after the final part within the roadmap out of lockdown, scheduled for June 21.
Waterproof coat, 74, owns eight West Finish theatres and is behind the London productions of reveals equivalent to “Hamilton” and “Mary Poppins”. “Les Misérables – The Staged Live performance” is smaller in measurement.
“When your entire rig of the theatre lifted up within the air, there have been gasps and cheers as effectively,” he stated.
“It truly is a correct present as a result of there are over 50 folks on stage there. And I don’t assume in these COVID occasions anybody was anticipating that.”
Waterproof coat stated he hoped the remainder of his reveals would begin opening in direction of the top of July and August.
“Not everybody has been in a position to come again to our enterprise… however the ones which have come again, they’ve come again with such ardour and they’re so thrilled,” Waterproof coat stated.
“There’s been super camaraderie between all of the producers as a result of everyone understands that their colleagues are having issues. So I believe there’s been extra cooperation, collaboration between producers and theatre homeowners, either side of the Atlantic and around the globe than I’ve ever identified.”
(Reporting by Hanna Rantala; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien)