The government has announced that indoor performances can resume with social distancing in place.

From Saturday, August 15 venues across the UK can begin the steps to reopen while adhering to guidelines.

This includes West End theatres which have been closed since March following a country-wide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

It's been confirmed that a limited run of Sleepless: A Musical Romance will open at the Troubadaor Wembley from August 25-27. The spacious venue means that social distancing measures can be adhered to at all times.

Audience members will be temperature checked upon entering the building and will be required to wear face masks, while hand sanitiser will be available at stations throughout the venue.

Other confirmed reopenings include Bridge Theatre in September, with a run of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads monologue, The Last Five Years, which will be returning to the Southwark Playhouse from October 1-31 in the Large Space, with added perspex and Agatha Christie's The Mouse Trap is scheduled for a socially distanced run at the St Martin's Theatre from October 23.

Outdoor performances with socially distanced audiences were permitted from July 11, while restrictions for indoor theatres were due to be eased on August 1, but this was paused for two weeks following a spike in coronavirus cases.

A number of big shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and new West End musicals Cinderella and Frozen have confirmed they will open in spring 2021.

You can find out updates for the biggest West End shows and UK theatre tours in our guide here.