WLT President Peter Newling's Update
in the uncertainty of our current circumstances and how that might play out with our 2021 theatre.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, we’re rapidly approaching that point of the year when WLT usually sends out its Subscriber Playbill for the next year and opens booking for our cherished subscribers.
Under normal circumstances, 1 November is the date we release the Playbill with Subscription Form for the following year. But these are not normal circumstances. As you can imagine, there’s still a lot we don’t know about what 2021 is likely to look like.
Even if circumstances change such that casts and crews and designers are able to come together to start rehearsing shows, we still don’t know how many people we will safely be able to seat in our little auditorium. And it’s quite possible that it’s going to be quite some time before we’re able to predict any of that with any degree of confidence.
So, let me give you some insights into what the Committee is thinking at the moment.
First and foremost, the safety and wellbeing of our audiences, and our volunteers is and always will be our first priority. We won’t be putting anyone at unnecessary risk.
We are still thinking that we will put out our 2021 season playbill, but it almost certainly won’t hit your email in-box on November 1. Once we’re confident that we know what 2021 might look like, we’ll get it out – but that might not be until later in the year – or even early next year.
AND the ticketing system will probably look very different.
Because we don’t know when our first play will happen – or play two or play three – we don’t think we will be selling tickets as an annual subscription like we normally do. Instead, the most likely alternative is that we will sell tickets show by show or perhaps via a three play subscription. Or something like that.
The last thing we want to do is sell you a subscription for 5 plays at the beginning of the year then one by one have to refund the cost of shows that we can’t deliver.
So, that’s where our thinking is at as of mid September. Needless to say, things may change very quickly! Come November, we will write to all our subscribers and let you all know how it’s going to work.
In the meantime, if anyone has a functioning crystal ball, could you drop it down to the theatre for us?
We’ll return it as soon as possible.