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Coronavirus information

COVID-19 Secure Venue

We look forward to welcoming you back to Theatre Royal Winchester.

For your safety, we've put numerous measures in place to make the venue COVID-19 Secure, including:

  • Multiple hand sanitation points around the building, including on entry.
  • Increased cleaning regime before and after performances.
  • Improved air filtration in the auditorium and toilets.
  • Socially distanced seating - every other row removed and a two seat gap between each group/bubble.
  • Temperature checks upon entering the building.
  • One way system in place throughout the building to ensure social distancing.
  • Face coverings worn by all staff and volunteers.
  • Windows and doors open, whenever possible, to allow fresh air to circulate.

Booking tickets

  • Tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Refreshments are available to pre-order during ticket purchase.
  • Ensure your account contact details are up to date (My Account). If required we may need to share your contact details with NHS Track and Trace.
  • Where possible please use e-tickets by selecting print at home delivery method.
  • Max. 6 tickets per booking. Attendees should sit in groups of six or less in accordance with the government's rule of six (or two households).
  • Seats will be automatically allocated in order to maintain social distancing between groups.

Arriving at the theatre

  • We recommend arriving approx. 30mins before the start of the performance.
  • Please queue outside the building on Tower Street, observing the socially distanced markings provided. Our Front of House team will greet you and escort you to your seats.
  • Ticket holders will be escorted into the building one group at a time. All members of your group need to be present before entering the building.
  • Everyone over the age of 16 will be asked to scan the NHS Track and Trace QR code on arrival. If you do not have a smart phone a secure Track and Trace paper system will also be in place.
  • Upon entering the building you will be asked to sanitise your hands, wear a face covering and have a temperature check.
  • Follow the one way system around the building (where appropriate).
  • Once seated, movement around the building should be kept to a minimum.
  • Pre-ordered refreshments will be delivered to your seats.
  • Refreshments may be available to purchase from your seat (contactless payments only).
  • Please keep your belongings to a minimum and with you at all times.
  • Anyone aged over 11 should wear a face covering at all times, except when eating or drinking or exempt from wearing one.
  • Toilets will be open. Please observe social distancing, signage and one way system. Please wash your hands before and after using the toilet facilities.

During the interval (if applicable)

  • Please remain seated unless you need to visit the toilet facilities.
  • Pre-ordered refreshments will be delivered to your seats.
  • Interval refreshments may be available to purchase from your seat (contactless payments only).

Leaving the theatre

  • Once the performance has finished, please remain in your seats until you are invited to leave.
  • Continue to maintain social distancing and only interact with those in your group (max. 6 or two households).
  • Please ensure that you take all your belongings and rubbish with you.


What happens if I feel ill?
Please do not attend if you:

  • believe you may be infected with COVID-19
  • have experienced symptoms in the last 10 days
  • have been in close proximity to anyone who has experienced symptoms in the last 10 days
  • have been instructed to self-isolate

If you are unable to attend due to one of the above reasons, tickets can be exchanged for an alternative performance date or the ticket monies credited to your customer account for future use, providing you have contacted the Box Office up to 24 hours before the performance.

What if my temperature is too high?
Upon entering the building you will be required to complete a temperature check. If you are found to have an elevated temperature reading of 37.8C or greater, you and your group will be asked to wait outside for a few minutes to cool down and have a drink of water.

After a period of time a second temperature reading will be taken. If this again reads 37.8C or greater you and your group will be unable to enter the building and see the performance, your tickets can be exchanged for an alternative performance date or the ticket monies credited to your customer account for future use.

Anyone with a high temperature will be advised to contact NHS Track and Trace and seek further testing.

Please note temperature checks are not a replacement for other protective measures such as social distancing.

What if I feel ill after my visit?
We are working with the government to Track and Trace. If you display COVID-19 symptoms you need to get a test as soon as possible. If you test positive NHS Test and Trace will ask you where you have been recently and who you have been in close contact with.

If government guidelines change we will update our guidelines accordingly.

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See It Safely

We have been See It Safely approved.

We have been granted the use of Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre's See It Safely mark.

The mark certifies that we are complying with the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, to ensure the safety of our staff and audiences.