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Your Next Visit

We appreciate your help in supporting us to keep all performers, audience members and volunteers as safe as possible.

Anyone who's visited The Lantern knows that we're a very intimate and unique space. This is what makes us such a special place to experience an event.

We're doing all we can to make your visit as safe as possible. We've made enhancements and will be asking guests to support us and each other by following the latest guidelines. These might be different to other venues you've visited, as we're all adapting to our individual property needs. 

Please remember that our volunteers are here to help and we hope you appreciate them as much we do.

COVID Symptoms

Please do not attend the theatre if you're showing any symptoms of COVID-19, even if you have a negative lateral flow test result. If you are experiencing symptoms, follow the current Government guidelines on testing and isolation.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate then the Government have advised that you do not attend an event.


As we're a very small venue everyone must confirm their COVID-19 status to enter the property. This can be done by:

  • bringing the results of a negative lateral flow test, either in an email or text, taken within 24 hours of your visit 

  • showing your Domestic NHS COVID Pass in the app, printed version or in a letter.

Have either of these ready to show on arrival at the theatre. It's worth saving your pass for viewing offline on your phone as well.  

Please note: ​the Covid-19 vaccination card, given when you had your appointment, is not acceptable and cannot be used in place of a lateral flow test result or NHS COVID Pass. 

Face Covering

It is now a legal requirement to wear a face mask/covering at all times when visiting The Lantern or any theatre. The only exceptions will be when eating or drinking or if exempt.


During your visit, please be aware of guests and volunteers around you. Some areas of the theatre will be busy and our volunteers might ask for your cooperation in keeping your distance from others. We also have signage to help remind everyone. 

We all feel differently about being out again. Please respect people's personal space. When moving around the building give people the time to comfortably do that at their pace. This can help everyone have a great night out.

Arrival and Tickets

The theatre doors open 60 minutes before the show begins. We'll be checking NHS COVID Pass and lateral flow test results before you enter the venue.

Tickets will be scanned on arrival and you can purchase drinks and snacks at the bar. We ask that guests don't gather in the bar area, as we have new queuing systems in place, and make their way to their seats as soon as possible.  

We are now a ticketless venue so tickets will need to be shown on your mobile phone, printed at home or your name given on arrival if you can't access these.

Bar and Facilities

Our bar and facilities will be available during your visit but may operate differently from what you're used to. 

The bar will be open before the performance and during any interval. It won't be available while performers are on stage or after the show. There will be more than one queue now and interval drinks can be collected from the bar.

Our volunteers might also advise you of changes to how you leave the auditorium during the interval and at the end of the show. Some exits may change during your visit.

Enhanced Cleaning

We're cleaning high contact places throughout the event. We also deep clean the venue between events using Sanigone, a room fogging system, and whenever we are working in the building.

You can help us by using the bins provided and not leaving any rubbish in the auditorium. 

Contactless Payments

We've moved away from cash for payments. Please bring your contactless card with you for all bar purchases. 

Tickets are bought online and shown either on your phone or printed at home. If we are selling remaining tickets on the night of a show, at the venue, then a contactless card will need to be used.

Hand Sanitising

We have hand sanitising stations positioned around the venue. Please use these regularly during your visit and wash your hands after using our facilities.

You can find hand sanitisers on the walls and we also have free-standing, foot-operated dispensers. 


Our building dates back to the Victorian era and doesn't have air conditioning. We're taking all the steps we can to bring fresh air into the venue. 

We've enhanced the ventilation in the bar and foyer. We'll also be monitoring the C02 levels in the auditorium and adjusting ventilation in the space as needed. As a result, the air may be cooler than normally expected in the building.


We encourage everyone who has the NHS COVID-19 app to check in on arrival using the QR codes displayed around the venue.

One Way Systems

As we're a small Victorian theatre, some areas still need to have one way systems in place to help prevent crowding during arrival, intervals and when leaving. 

Please follow the signage around the building and the information provided by our volunteers. This will help make sure we all have a great night out.