Just off Times Square, the area is normally heaving with life and excited visitors. Despite various initiatives to draw audiences remotely, many of The Oldie’s theatre fans may take a similar view to the New York audience… that the idea of watching plays on television just won’t come close to the live experience.
And so, with heavy hearts, producers have suspended many productions for the rest of the year. As New York exits strict lockdown with a Phase One restart of city life, packed theatres and cinemas are a distant prospect. Tickets already cost vastly more than London and with a business model that counts on high occupancy, dark times lie ahead, especially when there is little appetite for increasing prices.