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New York’s Broadway theatres to remain closed until at least end of 2020

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New York’s Broadway theatre district will remain closed until the end of the year, it was announced today, as venues said they would refund tickets up to January 3.

The Broadway League, which represents the 41 theatres, said that it could not yet give a date when theatres would be ready to reopen.

Theatres have been closed since March 12, which represents the longest shutdown in Broadway history.

Three shows, including an adaptation of the Disney film Frozen, have said they will not return after the hiatus.

A closed theatre on Broadway (Getty Images)

Four productions have set dates that they hope they can return by, with new play The Minutes the earliest on March 15, 2021.

The other three, which include MJ the Musical, a play about Michael Jackson, have said they will aim for dates in mid-April.

The news comes as theatres in the UK are set to reopen on July 4, although live performances will remain banned for now.

A closed theatre on Broadway (Getty Images)

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said theatres will reopen along a five-step plan, with stages one and two allowing for in-person rehearsals.

Stages 3-5 will allow audiences back in to watch performances, but this depends on the UK’s progress in tackling coronavirus, he said.

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