The show can go on, at least in certain parts of the country. The government has announced the shackles of lockdown are loosened once more, and we return to the tier system: theatres will be allowed to reopen, provided the area is in Tier 2 (or Tier 1, here’s to you, Cornwall).

The announcement comes just in time for pantomime season, Pantoland at The London Palladium (tier 2) said they were “relieved and delighted to confirm that performances are able to go ahead as planned.” Meanwhile Dan Bates, chief executive of Sheffield Theatres (tier 3) described the outcome as “devastating, but understandable”. The Stage reported that UK theatre could face a loss of £90 million if pantomime season could not go ahead, adding that for some venues “pantomimes can provide over 50% of their yearly income in just over a month.”