Almost two thirds of fringe theatregoers say they want to see extra protective measures – including on-site temperature tests – to entice them back to venues post-lockdown.
The finding is included in the results of a survey from OffWestEnd.com, which supports independent and fringe theatres in London. The survey was completed by more than 700 people.
Of these, 64% said they would like to see extra protective measures at theatres, such as temperature tests and hand sanitisers, to encourage them to return. About half (48%) said a vaccine would persuade them to return.
A third, 34%, felt that two-metre social distancing in theatres would be a negative factor in their potential return, though more than half – 56% – said it would be positive.
The survey, called Come Back to Me…, also found that most were “very likely” to return to theatres in December (55%), once safe to do so, with 39% stating they were very likely to go back as early as September this year.
However, 86% said they were not actively booking for any theatre events in the future.
About half (47%) said they were very likely to choose smaller theatres over major ones when lockdown ends, and 82% said they were likely to attend theatre in general once a vaccine was available.
More than half of respondents were over the age of 55.
The survey was carried out to explore the attitudes of theatregoers, both generally and with specific reference to Off-West End theatre.