Andrew Lloyd Webber will receive an experimental coronavirus vaccine as part of an Oxford study as he "will do everything possible to prove theaters can be reopened safely".
On Wednesday, the world-famous composer, 72, took to social media and spoke about the motives behind his decision to attend.
He said: “I am delighted to be vaccinated for the Oxford Covid 19 study tomorrow. I will do everything I can to prove that theaters can be reopened safely. & # 39;
In conversation: Andrew Lloyd Webber, 72, has announced that she will take part in a study at Oxford University aimed at finding a vaccine for COVID-19
Oxford University and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are working on the development of the experimental vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.
Thousands of people in the UK, US, Brazil and South Africa have volunteered to take part in clinical trials.
As recently as July 20, researchers announced that the initial results from 1,077 people were promising, suggesting the vaccine is both safe and elicits an immune response. according to the BBC.
Race for the vaccine: The world-famous composer took advantage of social media to announce that he was participating in an experimental study working towards a vaccine
COVID-19 crisis: Webber, whose career as a composer includes Cats, is likely to participate in the expansion of the study through the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca
The next step in the study is to expand the study to thousands more people at a higher dose. This is probably where Webber comes in.
A lot of people took to Twitter to applaud the Cats composer's willingness to join in finding a cure or treatment for the virus.
"Bravo", "Godspeed to you sir" and "Thank you for your commitment" were among the many sentiments from followers and fans.
Film director Sir Sam Mendes says opening theaters with social distancing is like "pouring money down the drain."
Sir Sam Mendes says opening theaters with social distancing is like "pouring money down the drain."
Live indoor theater and concerts can be resumed with the measures from the beginning of next month.
But the Bond filmmaker told BBC Radio 4's Today program: "Every theater has to be 60 percent and 70 percent busy to break even."
He added, "Working at 30 percent capacity is basically throwing money down the drain, money that isn't there."
Sir Sam wants the theaters to reopen at the end of the year without social distance.
"I'm not arguing that they should reopen now without social distancing," he said today.
"But there has to be a 'no earlier than' date – my suggestion is that it should be early December so the theaters have time to plan."
He said it was "up to the public to take the risk," adding that "right now the risk is just leaving the house …".
A fund set up by Sir Sam to assist theater workers has raised £ 1.6 million.
The director of films like Skyfall and 1917, as well as plays like The Lehman Trilogy and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, said the money will be used to support 1,600 freelancers.
However, in one week, nearly 4,000 people applied to the Theater Artists Fund for assistance.
Stars like Imelda Staunton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Colin Firth and Hugh Bonneville have donated to the fund, which was started with a £ 500,000 donation from streaming giant Netflix.
Sir Sam urged others "to come forward and show their support to help those in need".
“I really admire the way you actually act to support what you believe in. Most people just talk a lot and do little. Cross your fingers for me that the vaccine is working. Stay safe, ”another person tweeted in support.
New York Broadway and London's West End are among the theater districts and venues that have been closed since March due to the pandemic.
Over the past few months, both Webber and longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about the UK government's poor response to support for the theater industry during the crisis.
Mackintosh claims the UK government's $ 1.9 billion lifeline, including $ 647.3 million for Arts Council England in support of theaters, music and comedy venues and museums, "still remains." did not come about " Diversity.
When the pandemic broke out, Mackintosh was forced to close all eight of its West End properties, which resulted in full homes at the time.
Webber's famous composing career includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986), and School Of Rock (2015).
Webber has tried measures at the London Palladium that could allow the theater business to get back on track after Phantom Of The Opera continued in South Korea with strict sanitation and no social distancing.
The composer hosted a pilot performance of Beverley Knight at London's Palladium, which had strict social distancing measures and was 30 percent busy.
It is one of several events to measure the viability of live entertainment amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Spectators were given an assigned arrival time and were sparsely distributed across the auditorium, with some rows remaining completely empty.
Rebecca Kane Burton, executive director of LW Theaters – the venue's owner – said after the performance it was a "relief" to open the doors again.
She added, “I want to reopen this place, no social distancing.
“And hopefully today has shown that we are sailing a tight ship, we know how to manage things, we have the right remedial measures and people just need this back in their lives.
“Beverley needs it, the freelancers need it, the 290,000 in our industry – they have to go back to work. We are not a risk. We know how to do it right. I'm excited. & # 39;
Taking a stand: Webber and longtime producer Cameron Mackintosh have been very vocal about the UK government's weak response to helping the theater industry during the coronavirus crisis. He is pictured at the opening of Cats in NYC in July 2016
She added, "Hopefully today is the first step to show the world Public Health England, DCMS, whoever needs to see the evidence, we are managing a tight ship."
Last month, Webber said Chinese investors might be willing to buy up London's West End theaters.
The composer told the Daily Telegraph that overseas buyers could take advantage of the precarious financial situation that British theaters are in.
"There are big buyers who are not British and who would like to own West End theaters," he said.
He said that during the Theater Royal Haymarket's recent sale, the price was raised by a Chinese bidder.
The theater was bought for £ 45 million which billionaire Sir Leonard Blavatnik paid for in 2018.
This far surpassed other price tags for London theaters, including Victoria Palace, which Cameron Mackintosh bought for about £ 26 million in 2014, and the Palace Theater in 2012.
He said the sector has received "no clarification" from the government on how its £ 1.57 billion support package for the arts will be distributed.
Lord Lloyd Webber warned that with no urgent funding and a clear reopening schedule, theater owners will be forced to put the buildings up for sale.
On the recommendation of the government, theaters have been closed since March 16 to slow the spread of coronavirus. Many warn that in the coming months they will cease operations without assistance.
The National Theater told its 400 casual workers that they were going to lose their jobs, which has been labeled inevitable due to the Covid-19 crisis.
Legendary: Webber's résumé includes Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1968), Jesus Christ Superstar (1970), Evita (1976), Cats (1981), The Phantom Of The Opera (1986), and School Of Rock (2015).
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