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Socially Distanced Events

7th September 2021

The Courtyard is offering some socially distanced events this Autumn. Read on to find out more about out decision and a list of events where this applies.

Upcoming Socially Distanced Events at The Courtyard


The Phantom of the Open (Cert TBC) – Tuesday 12 2.30pm, Tuesday 26 2.30pm

Operation Mincemeat (12A) – Saturday 11.15am


The Northman (15) – Thursday 5 2.30pm

Downton Abbey: A New Era (PG) – Saturday 7 10.45pm, Friday 13 2.30pm, Thursday 19 11am

Operation Mincemeat (15) – Tuesday 24 2.30pm


Operation Mincemeat (15) – Wednesday 1 2.30pm

Downton Abbey: A New Era (PG) – Tue 7 2.30pm

Top Gun: Maverick (Cert TBC) – Thu 23 4pm

How we came to our decision

After what has been an extremely difficult 18months for The Courtyard, we are now able to begin on the road to recovery. It is essential for us to increase our capacities to ensure The Courtyard’s financial future.

We understand that not all of our audiences will feel comfortable with this straight away, and where possible, we will include social distanced options. Some have been added already for our Cinema programme. We will also look at adding options for The Courtyard’s pantomime and Children’s Christmas show.

The majority of our live programme consists of one night events, which need to be financially viable for both The Courtyard and the visiting company. This means we are unable to continue restricted capacities in to Autumn. The Courtyard’s take from each show is around 15-20%.

We have fully risk assessed this decision, and with the successful roll out of the vaccination, believe this to be the only viable option for us going forward.

Everyone has a very different take on the ongoing pandemic. We are trying to find the right balance for our visitors and staff safety and business continuity.

We want to remain accessible, and realise there may be people who wish to return to The Courtyard who are unable to be vaccinated, or are particularly vulnerable. If you fall in to either category, do call our Box Office on 01432 340555 and we will try to accommodate your visit by giving you necessary space around you where possible. (This cannot be guaranteed and is ultimately decided by the individual show).

You may also wish to book Box seats in the side galleries, as these have more space around them.

Read more about The Courtyard’s measures to keep you safe.