Andrew Lloyd Webber Ready to Defy U.K. COVID Restrictions: 'Come to the Theatre and Arrest Us'

Andrew Lloyd Webber Ready to Defy U.K. COVID Restrictions: 'Come to the Theatre and Arrest Us'


(AFP) Theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber said in an interview published Wednesday he is prepared to be arrested if the British government does not lift all coronavirus restrictions.

All measures are due to be eased on June 21 but there is increasing concern the move could be delayed because of rising infection rates in some parts of the country.

Lloyd Webber, who has had a string of hits in London’s West End and on Broadway in New York, said postponement would be another blow for the hard-hit entertainment industry.

The “Cats” and “Evita” composer has been among the loudest voices in the sector calling for theatres to reopen in full, insisting they are “completely safe” for the public.

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Lloyd-Webber is putting on his first musical in six years, “Cinderella,” next month, and said whatever happens, “we are going to open, come hell or high water.”

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