Sadly, the Government has not mentioned much in the way of theatres reopening, with the last word on the subject being they would remain closed.
While cast and crew members are still in the dark, one theatre star assured fans he would be treading the boards once more.
Layton Williams, star of the UK tour of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, has said he will be back on stage as he has “unfinished business” with the show.
Williams completed a stint on the West End in the show opposite Shane Ritchie and exclusively told Express.co.uk about the devastating moment they were told to close the curtains on the show until the coronavirus passes.
Layton Williams opens up about theatres reopening
He said: “Initially when it first happened I think everyone was being quite naïve; I don’t know why but for some reason I just knew, following from what happened on Broadway, there was no doubt what was going to happen here.
“I was preparing myself for the worse but it just hit, it was just finished… the last time I was on stage was at the Royal Albert Hall which was the best experience, I was doing Best of West End and it was fab… but I didn’t have my last official show as Jamie knowingly.
“We turned up to Birmingham to do the show and Boris [Johnson]… said they advise not to go to theatres, and that was it. I’d literally just unpacked my dressing room, had all my cute things out, I like to make myself at home… and bam, that was it.”
The shock quickly turned to grief for many of them, however, they have been trying to stay in touch since the lockdown.
Layton Williams in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
He continued: “It was a really sad moment, especially for lots of the other cast. I’d done the show for a year on the West End and it was my third or fourth venue so we’d been going for five or six weeks.
“But for some of these guys this is their first job out of college or school so there were a lot of tears, and we were very uncertain as to when we’d say hello again so it was a goodbye.”
Williams confirmed at the moment he and the cast and crew are none the wiser as to when theatres will reopen, however, he did reveal what will be in store for fans when the show is back on the road.
He said: “They [the producers] have been filling us in every step of the way.
Layton Williams with Shane Ritchie
“But the hard thing is the uncertainty – even the producers don’t know what’s going on until they have the all-clear from the Government so we’re all just waiting until events continue and theatres are reopened.
“Until then, we can’t go back to work and I’m hopeful this show… will lift people up. If there’s a show everybody needs when this lockdown is over, they need Everybody’s Talking About Jamie.
“I’m hoping it’ll be rescheduled and I will be there. Everything’s on pause so there’s no worry to me about finding something, this is the gig and I want to wrap it up.
“I’ve got unfinished business.”
Layton opened up about the future of Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Williams is filling his time well with his company Pros from the Shows, who are providing online tutorials and dance classes, as well as fitness tips and Q&As around mental health.
As well as that, Williams performed his first ever gig online, as well as hosting charity quizzes online.
However, it is clear when the theatres are reopened, the stars from the stage will be ready and raring to go.
Pros From the Shows and Williams’ workshops are available on Instagram and on the Pros From the Shows website.