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re: Andrew Lloyd Webber Says He Will Risk Arrest to Open His Theatres
Posted by: sf 04:12 pm EDT 06/10/21
In reply to: re: Andrew Lloyd Webber Says He Will Risk Arrest to Open His Theatres - lordofspeech 05:30 am EDT 06/10/21

Not remotely courageous. Cringeworthy, and not even slightly admirable.

It's one thing for him to make that decision for himself. He has more money than God. It's something else entirely - arrogant, outrageous, and completely unacceptable - for him to demand the same of his employees, particularly when many of those employees will have been either unemployed or underemployed for the last fifteen months.

It was always clear that the June 21st unlocking date was contingent on case numbers a) being very low, and b) not rising. Our government, God knows, has made mistakes at every stage, and their ineptitude has killed tens of thousands of people, but they were absolutely clear that the June 21st phase in reopening was the *earliest possible* date for relaxing social distancing restrictions, and that it wasn't written in stone. Lloyd Webber chose to have Cinderella begin previews without social distancing from June 25th; most shows that will be reopening without social distancing have set later dates, just in case performances had to be cancelled/socially-distanced if the June 21st unlocking date changed (Phantom reopens in late July, Mary Poppins and Hamilton reopen in August, & Juliet reopens in September). Choosing to open Cinderella so soon after the earliest potential unlocking date is entirely on Lloyd Webber's shoulders. It was a risk, and if some patrons have to be rebooked because it's not possible to open then without social distancing measures in place I'm afraid I've absolutely no sympathy.
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