By Kieran Hadfield
The Watermill Theatre has happily announced their next season of shows starting on the 22nd September, presenting socially distanced indoor performances with safety measures in place. The Watermill has followed the Covid-19 guidelines and introduced measures that will allow a safe and enjoyable season in their auditorium.
Their autumn 2020 reopening season features shows with smaller cast sizes, reduced capacity inside the auditorium and socially distanced seating to enable you to get back to watching the very best live theatre.
The following performances are available to be purchased this season:
BLOODSHOT- Tuesday 22 September - Saturday 17 October
Policeman-turned-photographer Derek Everleigh is down on his luck, but when a mysterious envelope full of money arrives it looks like his fortunes are about to change. This thrilling one-man murder mystery returns to The Watermill performed by award-winning composer and actor Simon Slater.
Age guidance 14+
LONE FLYER- The Last Flight of Amy Johnson- Wednesday 21 October to Saturday 21 November
As the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, Amy’s career reached new heights, but the outbreak of the second world war changed everything. Follow Amy’s journey from humble beginnings to become one of Britain’s most influential female aviators.
Age guidance 8+
A CHRISTMAS CAROL - Thursday 26 November to Sunday 3 January 2021
Join us for a festive retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic. Two actor-musicians introduce us to Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of extraordinary characters as you have never seen them before. For early bird performances from 26 - 28 November tickets are £12.50 and £10.
Age guidance 5+
To ensure everyone’s safety at The Watermill, social distancing measures have been implemented, including significantly reducing the number of audience members.
Inside the theatre
The auditorium has been reconfigured to allow for social distancing. Seating bubbles will be able to accommodate groups of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. All seats in a bubble must be purchased in one transaction and can only be made up of people within your own household or support bubble. Social distancing between bubbles will be observed in the auditorium. Audience members will be required to wear face masks and The Watermill kindly asks you to observe social distancing at all times during your visit.
Cleaning procedures and heating system
To enhance your safety, The Watermill are using a fogging machine to regularly sanitise all public areas at The Watermill. To find out more about the method and product they are using, please visit www.wehavebeenfogged.co.uk
To avoid recirculating air in the auditorium, the theatre will be heated before audience members arrive and then fresh air will be continuously fed through the theatre during performances. There will also be hand sanitiser stations, a one-way system for accessing the toilets and signage to indicate routes and procedures.
New for this season, they have introduced the use of e-tickets and would like to encourage audience members to print their own tickets at home or to show their tickets on an electronic device (e.g. a phone or tablet) where possible to avoid the handling of paper tickets. Paper tickets will still be available if you do not have a smart phone or access to a printer at home.
The Watermill Theatre will be operating in accordance with government guidance at the time of the performance and will continue to closely monitor this in the lead-up to our performances. We will be constantly reviewing and adapting to any new guidelines issued. If we are unable to go ahead with a show, in the event of a local lockdown for example, they will contact you as soon as possible via email or phone and will offer you a transfer or a refund for your tickets.
Friends Priority Booking opens Thursday 10 September at 10am
General Booking opens Monday 14 September at 10am