The West End run of hit musical Six has been extended for 11 weeks through to April 2021 after an “overwhelming” demand for tickets.
The show is due to open at the Lyric Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue on Saturday 5 December if the Government decides on Thursday (26 November) that London is not in Tier 3 which will keep theatres closed under the new Covid-19 Winter Plan.
It is now booking to 18 April 2021 at the Lyric before transferring back to the Arts Theatre – its original London home – from 20 April to 5 September 2021.
The UK touring cast are also ready to resume their delayed performances at The Lowry in Salford from Friday 4 December for the Christmas season if Greater Manchester is designated to be in Tiers 1 or 2 under which theatres can reopen. It is scheduled to run at The Lowry to 17 January 2021.
In a statement today, Six’s producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes, and George Stiles said: “We have been thrilled and overwhelmed by the response for tickets. Audiences are obviously desperate to get back to the theatre. We hope that after several false starts we will be able to proceed in London and Salford as planned.”
Six is due to perform nine shows a week at the Lyric Theatre where capacity has been reduced to 50% to comply with the latest Covid-19-secure guidelines for social distancing alongside “robust” risk mitigation. On top of hand sanitation, face coverings and track and trace, other measures will include contactless tickets, temperature testing and the deep clean and sanitation of the theatre.
Writer and co-director, Lucy Moss, promised the show’s fans – known as “the Queendom” – that the new London production will be “the shiniest version of Six yet”.
Six has become a global phenomenon since its early days in a 100-seat room at Sweet Venue at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. When the pandemic struck, Six was playing to sold-out houses in London’s West End, across the UK and Australia. Its opening night in New York City on 12 March was cancelled when New York’s governor shut down Broadway three hours before the show was due to open.
Tickets for the Lyric Theatre are on sale at www.nimaxtheatres.com.