Shows Announced to Re-open Festival and King’s Theatre to Live Audiences

Following long months of closure, the two flagship venues run by Capital Theatres, Festival Theatre and King’s Theatre, will again stage two shows this summer to limited capacity audiences maintaining the guidelines of 2metre social distancing. These shows will be Blindness fromThe Donmar Warehouse and Splinter of Ice from theOriginal Theatre Company.

Director of Marketing and Communications at Capital Theatres Gary Smith said  “We are very excited that after months of nail-biting challenges and waiting we are now on the point of reopening the theatres and welcoming back our audiences. This moment means so much to the whole team here at Capital Theatres and we have been planning meticulously to ensure that we do it as thoughtfully and as safely as possible.

“Of course, instead of 1,900 people in the Festival Theatre auditorium we will have 44 on stage for this performance and challenges will remain firmly in place around sustaining the operation until we can welcome back full auditoriums, nonetheless it is a landmark that we are delighted to make.”

Blindness is an adaptation of Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel of the same namecreated as a sound installation from award-winning playwright Simon Stephens. Under the direction of Walter Meierjohann, it comes with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this story of an unimaginable global pandemic. This ticketed installation for a limited number of visitors will run four times a day, when visitors will listen on headphones as the narrative unfolds around them.

Following a successful season of online productions, Original Theatre Company returns to its first live stage production since March 2020 as part of its UK Tour of Ben Brown’s new political drama, A Splinter of Ice. Set in Moscow in 1987, it shows novelist Graham Greene travel into the heart of the Soviet Union to meet with his old MI6 boss, Kim Philby. A Splinter of Icestars Oliver Ford Davies as Graham Greene and Stephen Boxer as Kim Philby and is directed by Alan Strachan.

Tickets for both shows are on sale now with Blindness at FTE opening on 29th June till 3rd July and Splinter of Ice at King’s on 13th till 17th July.

Irene Brown

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