“I’m excited to be vaccinated tomorrow for the trial at Oxford Covid 19,” he wrote. “I will do everything to prove that theaters can reopen for sure.”
The performing arts are facing major challenges due to coronavirus masses which have closed theaters and other venues, and Lloyd Webber is visibly desperate to get performances and run again.
Actor Jeremy Secomb was among those who responded to Lloyd Webber’s tweet.
Lloyd Webber is taking part in trials of a coronavirus vaccine developed by Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. It is one of a number of vaccines that has shown encouraging early results.
Successfully developing a vaccine would be a major step toward allowing many parts of public life, including the reopening of venues such as theaters.
While things stand, theater performances on Broadway in New York will not return to the stage until at least January 2021, according to The Broadway League, a national trade association for the Broadway industry.
All 41 theaters on Broadway have been closed since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and The Broadway League has continued to suspend performances.
In London, the William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, the famous London playhouse where the playwright’s performances were performed, faces permanent closure as a result of blockades, the theater and UK politicians have warned.
In addition to campaigning to reopen theaters, Lloyd Webber has made efforts to entertain fans while shutting down the coronavirus.
In April, he launched a YouTube channel that broadcast shows of his music – such as “Opera Ghost”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” – for free.
The channel also featured behind-the-scenes footage and scenes from other music shows.
Viewers were invited to donate to The Actors Fund, which is raising money for Covid-19 Emergency Relief.