After a tense few weeks of uncertainty, DCMS has confirmed that London will be placed in Tier Two when lockdown ends on 2nd December. And that means that theatres - and theatre-lovers - across the capital will be cracking out the celebratory mulled wine, as December's planned shows can go ahead.
The rules are slightly tighter than last time London was in Tier Two; venues must either run at 50% capacity, or with a maximum capacity of 1000, whichever is lower. But that shouldn't affect the plans of most shows scheduled for opening, including Overflow at Bush Theatre, Six - the Musical and the National Theatre's rare shot at a pantomime, Dick Whittington.
The government will put a bit of extra drama into panto season (apparently, chucking sweets at the audience isn't Covid-19 safe) by re-evaluating the rules on 16th December - and every fortnight from then on.
We'll be here with updates as we have them. But for now, it's time to rejoice, and get yourself booked in for a joyful line-up of festive shows; whether it's A Christmas Carol at Dominion Theatre with a 24 piece orchestra, or the four-strong cast of Potted Panto that'll be warming your cockles next month. With many theatres forced to stay closed in Tier Three areas across the country, panto season isn't quite saved, but there'll be plenty of shows to make a song and dance about this December.