“This was our last night. We only had one curtain call, Bree. And I thought they were going to give us a standing ovation, but no-o-o-. Do you know why half the audience stood up? … to get a head start on the traffic.”

I was half-listening to someone on the radio this morning talking about how important – he might even have said “essential” – it was to get theatres up and running again in London. He understood, of course, that social distancing would have to be maintained, along with other preventative measures, if the theatres in question were not to become incubators for Covid-19.