London’s Cockpit Theatre has reopened following a successful pilot opera performance in association with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The pilot performance was of The Other Side of the Sea and Beyond, which is a solo operatic piece performed by composer and soprano Héloïse Werner.
Following the success of the pilot, the Cockpit and opera company Tête à Tête will be co-hosting an opera festival featuring new works at the venue throughout September.
The venue has also reopened for classes, rehearsals, film shoots and community activities.
On its website, the Cockpit outlines measures it has implemented to help those using the space to maintain social-distancing measures, including maximum capacities in its auditorium, studios and dressing rooms.
The Cockpit is also scheduling shows on a "loss-free/to be confirmed basis", meaning tickets will only be put on sale once the venue is sure the show can happen, and until then all deposits remain refundable.
Cockpit director Dave Wybrow said: "We have had a lot of really good feedback about Sunday’s pilot opera with the audience and I am unsurprised.
"It was a triumph. Everyone who worked on it made it a real success and it was a pleasure to be there."
Wybrow added: "The joy is that some things were better than before, like people being able to order a drink using WhatsApp from a table out in the street.
"The Cockpit is open after the first post-lockdown opera in the UK. We are wonderful – weird, but wonderful."