Andrew Lloyd Webber has warned Boris Johnson that nothing will stop him from reopening his theatres on June 21 and he is prepared to be arrested.
The composer, 73, told the Daily Telegraph he may have to sell his six West End venues if the Government does not relax its restrictions. He also revealed he has already remortgaged his London home.
The pandemic has had a catastrophic financial impact on the theatre industry and many have remained closed despite the ease in Covid-19 restrictions as it is not financially viable for them to open with reduced capacities.
Lord Lloyd-Webber is preparing for a production of Cinderella, which is scheduled to open for previews on June 25 ahead of its world premiere in July.
‘We are going to open, come hell or high water,’ Lord Lloyd-Webber told the Telegraph.
Asked what he would do if the Government postponed lifting lockdown, he said: ‘We will say: ”come to the theatre and arrest us.”’ The June 21 ‘freedom day’ is in doubt due to concerns over the impact of Covid-19 variants.