Swan Theatre - Covid 19 Policy


Following the latest government announcement, it is very unlikely there will be any legal restrictions on indoor activity at the theatre for the week of Night Must Fall.

However, with rising case numbers and the new emphasis on personal responsibility, we believe it is prudent to adjust some ways of operating to minimise the COVID risk.

All the evidence shows that a key way of reducing risk is to ensure indoor spaces are properly ventilated. We have installed into the auditorium a commercial grade heat recovery and ventilation system. This refreshes the air in the auditorium at least six times an hour. We believe this will reduce the risk of transmission considerably and also make the auditorium a much more comfortable place to watch live theatre on hot summer, or cold winter nights.

In addition to this key mitigation we would also ask the audience to note and co-operate with the following:

1)     Not to attend the performance if you or a close contact is displaying any of the three recognised symptoms of COVID-19. These are: a high temperature, continuous cough or a loss of taste and smell. In these circumstances a full refund will be offered.

2)     Minimise the amount of unnecessary social mixing within the theatre. This can be achieved by delaying your arrival at the theatre to closer to the start time of 7.45pm and leaving promptly at the end. The front doors to the theatre and the auditorium doors will open at 7.20pm - please do not arrive before this. We would ask audience members to move straight to their seat on arrival.

3)     We will not be serving coffee and ice creams in the foyer in the interval nor will the bar be open. We will have free bottles of water available.

4)     We would encourage all audience members to use the hand sanitiser available around the building.

5)     We will support any audience members who wish to wear a mask whilst in the theatre.

6)     The Disabled toilet will be available as an additional ladies toilet to help reduce congestion in the toilets.


We hope these simple measures will reassure our audience, as we all learn to adapt to the new normality.


We look forward to welcoming you back!


Mark Payne

Chair, Swan Theatre Company