Andrew Lloyd Webber has received an experimental Covid-19 vaccine as part of an Oxford University trial so that he can help get live theatre to re-open.
The world-renowned composer took to social media to explain why he decided to take part in the trial, stating he will ‘do anything to prove theatres can re-open safely’.
He most recently posted a photo on social media of himself getting an injection with the vaccine, along with the post he wrote: “Just completed the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial. I’ll do anything to get theatres large and small open again and actors and musicians back to work. – ALW #SaveOurStages @nivassoc” –
Andrew Lloyd Webber and producer Cameron Mackintosh have said that the government has not responded to assist the theatre industry during the global Covid-19 pandemic, leaving them with no other choice but to shutdown London theatres.
With the London and UK touring productions of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, Mackintosh had stated that they are “permanently shut down,” though Webber had a different response tweeting: “As far as I’m concerned Phantom will reopen as soon as is possible.”
Since March London’s theatres have been closed due to the pandemic, while Broadway is officially closed until January with the possibility of further shutdown extensions. Though some London theatres are considering a phased reopening with reduced audiences beginning this Fall.
The University of Oxford and the drug company AstraZeneca have been working on the development of the experimental vaccine called ChAdOx1 nCoV-19.
Many people have volunteered to take part in clinical trials for the experimental vaccine that has ‘showed early promise’, this includes people from the UK, the United States, Brazil, and South Africa.
Webber was commended for his willingness to be part of the trial, as fans took to Twitter to show their appreciation of what he has done. –
Your dedication is truly inspiring, Sir Andrew. You could just lean back and enjoy the hundreds of millions you’ve made in your life, waiting things out. Instead you do this! Amazing! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 I sincerely hope your body will tolerate the vaccine well. 🙏🏼
— Holger (@holgiwankenobi) August 13, 2020
I think he should be applauded for standing by what he believes in- how many people in positions of power (as he is) could say they’d do the same?
— Connie (@ConFoz) August 13, 2020
Proud to know this man and even more proud to call him my friend. Bravo Andrew for all you are doing to get theatre back.
— Laurence Connor (@LaurenceConnor1) August 13, 2020