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COVID-19: Andrew Lloyd Webber Says He Will Open Theaters On June 21 – Even If ‘Freedom Day’ Is Delayed | Ents & Arts News

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he will open his theaters on June 21 and is ready to be arrested if authorities attempt to intervene.

The composer also warned that he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not ease its restrictions as outlined in its roadmap.

The pandemic has had a catastrophic financial impact on the theater industry and many have remained closed despite the ease of COVID-19[female[feminine restrictions because it is not financially viable for them to open with reduced capacity.

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Lord Lloyd Webber is gearing up for a production of Cinderella, which is slated to open on June 25 ahead of its world premiere in July.

“We are going to open, through thick and thin,” Lord Lloyd Webber told the Daily Telegraph.

When asked what he would do if the government delayed lifting the lockdown, he said: “We will say, ‘come to the theater and arrest us. “”

June 21 ‘Freedom Day’ is in doubt over concerns over the impact of the coronavirus variants.

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Lord Lloyd Webber said scientific evidence shows theaters are “completely safe” and do not cause epidemics.

He added: “If the government ignores its own science, we have the mother of all lawsuits against them. If Cinderella couldn’t open up, we would say, ‘Look, either we are going to court about this or you will have to compensate us. ‘”

This is not the first time Lord Lloyd-Webber, 73, has criticized those calling for a postponement of the reopening.

Last week he told the Daily Mail he could take legal action if his theaters are not allowed to once again accommodate crowds at full capacity.

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