Last week all of the Broadway theaters shut their doors, Italian and French theaters closed down too.
At the same time the majority of British theaters remain open to the public. Though, this week the growing number of London theatres are suspending or cancelling the shows amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Old Vic theatre decided to close the production of ‘End Game‘ starring Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming two weeks early, reacting to the coronovarus crisis.
As the Old Vic does not receive the Arts Council support and completely depends on ticket sales and donations, in a statement on the official website, the theatre said that offering a full refund “would be financially devastating for us” and asked all the ticket-holders to donate their ticket cost in an exchange for a full video recording of a performance, a video message from the cast and a Friends membership for a year: “Gaining access to this film is an extraordinary opportunity that has been permitted by the writer’s estate, the acting company and Creative team in a rarely made decision allowing us to say a heartfelt thanks to you for helping sustain The Old Vic, one of the UK’s most loved and needed cultural and civic centres. The video recording was made for private archive purposes but all parties have agreed to let it be shared specifically with those who will no longer be able to attend.”
The statement added: “It is unthinkable that the creativity and brilliance of our artists and those incredible people who uphold this 202-year-old institution every day will be diminished by this unprecedented situation.”
However, the next production of ‘4000 Miles‘ starring Timothy Chalamet and Dame Eileen Atkins is confirmed with the opening night on April 16 and previews starting from April 6.
Young Vic has announced that it made a “difficult decision” and cancelled all performances of ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ due to a cast member self-isolating. The theatre has also issued a plea for ticket-holders to consider donating the cost of their tickets, adding that “the uncertainty ahead is a huge worry for those who work for and with us, as it is for the theatre sector as a whole”.
The Arcola Theatre in Dalston announced it would suspend all performances indefinitely.
The Finsbury Park-based “Park Theatre” announced all the performances of ‘La Cage aux Folles’ would be cancelled due to cast members self-isolating.
The Turbine Theatre based in the Battersea Power Station, which only opened last year, said it had taken the “difficult but necessary” decision to cancel all performances of #HonestAmy starring Amy Booth-Stelle and directed by Kathy Burke until April 18.
The Kiln Theatre, based in Kilburn, announced performances of Antoinette Nwandu’s ‘Pass Over” would be cancelled from 16-21 March due to a cast member self-isolating.
Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre suspended its forthcoming production of Paula Vogel’s ‘Indecent’ up to April 12.
We will keep you updated..