Theatre Royal Winchester opened its doors on Thursday evening to a live audience for the first time since lockdown for an invitation-only Winchester College event held as part of Winchester Green Week.
The event involved a talk by Keith Scholey, executive producer for the BBC One series ‘A Perfect Planet’ and director of the new Netflix film, ‘David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet’. In his lecture, Keith highlighted why the planet is in crisis and what must be done to prevent further damage.
Dr Tim Hands, Headmaster at Winchester College: ‘It was important to us to hold our first event since March at the Theatre Royal and on such an important topic. Keith’s powerful message about the state of our planet and our own part to play in its future made a real impact on all those in attendance.’
Deryck Newland, Chief Executive of Play to the Crowd – the charity that runs Theatre Royal Winchester, comments ‘It was wonderful to welcome an audience back into the building – the first since 15 March! We are thankful to Winchester College for hosting their event at the theatre and for supporting our Survival Appeal. We thank Keith Scholey for highlighting the urgency of the need to address our planet’s crisis. Something that we all must play our part in.’
The theatre had put in extensive measures to make the event Covid secure. Audiences were seated in socially distanced bubbles, with every other row empty and two seats between each bubble. Guests sanitised their hands before entering the building and wore masks throughout the presentation.