Producer Cameron Mackintosh has said he fears theatres will not be able to stage large-scale musicals until early next year, unless the government announces plans to lift the lockdown within the next few weeks. The producer said he believes theatres in London and on Broadway will be the last to return and he is already planning to re-open shows in other parts of the world. Mackintosh added he wants the audience and actors to feel safe before his shows reopen, arguing that an audience being spaced out due to social distancing would be a "horrible experience". His comments follow similar concerns from other industry leaders , including director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris, that preparations are being made for venues to stay closed until Big Interviews. Long Reads.
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Sir Cameron Anthony Mackintosh born 17 October is a British theatrical producer and theatre owner notable for his association with many commercially successful musicals. At the height of his success in , he was described as being "the most successful, influential and powerful theatrical producer in the world" by the New York Times. Mackintosh was knighted in for services to musical theatre. In , The Daily Telegraph ranked him number 7 in their list of the " most powerful people in British culture". He first knew that he wanted to become a theatre producer after his aunt took him to a matinee of the Julian Slade musical Salad Days when he was eight years old. Mackintosh began his theatre career in his late teens, as a stagehand at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane , and then became an assistant stage manager on several touring productions. He began producing his own small tours before becoming a London-based producer in the s. In , he produced Andrew Lloyd Webber 's Cats , then considered an unlikely subject for a musical.
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