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Night Tube could lead to flexible West End theatre show times, says SOLT

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London’s 24-hour Tube service could see some West End shows abandon their traditional 7.30pm start times, the Society of London Theatre has claimed.

SOLT chief executive Julian Bird said the introduction of a 24-hour Tube service in London, which begins this weekend, would present “significant opportunities” for the theatre sector.

He hinted that the 24-hour service, operating on Fridays and Saturdays, could see shows abandoning the traditional 7.30pm start time in favour of a later curtain-up.

“For us, it may mean more flexible start and finish times for shows, special late-night events and easier journeys home for our audiences and staff,” he said.

He told the BBC: “Lots of people need to get to work late in the night or home from work – doctors, nurses, porters, security guards – but also it will be a massive boost to the night-time economy. Think of the theatres, the live music venues, the restaurants. I’m really pleased and proud that finally the Night Tube is here.”

The Night Tube will initially be available on the Central and Victoria Lines. Further lines will be rolled out later this year.

London mayor Sadiq Khan claimed the move would help people, including theatre audiences, get home “quickly, safely and affordably”.

He added that it would provide a boost to London’s economy.

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