UPDATE: At lunchtime on Thursday the “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club” crew confirmed performances could be cancelled for the remainder of the week after “members of the company” examined optimistic. The present’s Twitter account stated it might present an replace as as to whether exhibits would resume the next week, commencing Dec. 20, as quickly as doable.
UPDATE 2: The West End manufacturing of “Hamilton” has confirmed performances gained’t go forward on Friday Dec. 17. The announcement adopted the information that the present’s lead actor, Karl Queensborough, who performs Alexander Hamilton, examined optimistic for COVID-19.
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“So unfortunately I’ve tested positive for Covid again, via a PCR test (twice in 5 months),” Queensborough tweeted. “So won’t be back at ‘Hamilton’ until December 29th. This thing is crazy. Stay safe everyone.”
Less than a month after opening, the West End manufacturing of “Cabaret” starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley has been compelled to postpone not less than two performances.
On Wednesday, the manufacturing canceled showings of its matinee and night exhibits after a member of the backstage firm examined optimistic for COVID-19.
“Despite extremely robust measures being in place, a member of the backstage company tested positive for COVID-19 this morning,” the manufacturing posted on Twitter. “In order to finish testing on the broader firm, we’re sorry to must cancel tonight’s efficiency of ‘Cabaret at the Kit Club [sic]. Your point of purchase will be in touch very shortly with alternative options.
“We will provide an update on performances for the remainder of the week as quickly as we can. The safety of our audiences, cast and company is our priority and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kit Kat Club very soon.”
It remains unclear whether Thursday’s efficiency will go forward. According to sources, as of Thursday morning no resolution had but been taken.
Just days earlier than Wednesday’s cancelations, rave evaluations have been flooding in for the present – Variety’s critic referred to as it “electrifying” – with the preliminary reserving interval reportedly fully offered out.
Part of the present’s promoting level has been the “intimacy” of the venue, with tickets promoting for report costs of £325 ($430), which incorporates dinner and champagne. (Slightly cheaper tickets, priced at £250 ($332), are additionally obtainable.)
For the present’s run, the Playhouse Theatre has been reconfigured into the real-life Kit Kat Club from the musical itself, with capability diminished to 590 seats and new bars constructed all through the labyrinthine venue, wherein the viewers may take pleasure in dancing and pre- and post-show drinks.
All attendees, even those that are absolutely vaccinated, have been required to point out a adverse Lateral Flow or PCR take a look at earlier than coming into performances of “Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club,” besides the place exempt.
“Cabaret’s” cancellations come amid a surge in COVID-19 instances and the brand new Omicron variant within the U.Ok., with the very best variety of instances – 78,610 – on report for the reason that begin of the pandemic.
This has led to a glut of theater performances being postponed or canceled, together with “Hamilton” on the Victoria Palace Theatre, “The Lion King” on the Lyceum Theatre and two National Theatre performs, “Hex” and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.”
Hamilton canceled its Wednesday night efficiency adopted by two performances on Thursday Dec. 16, because of “ongoing Covid-enforced absences.” A message from the present’s Twitter account stated they’d replace as quickly as doable whether or not Friday’s efficiency of the present would go forward.
Meanwhile “The Lion King” has additionally canceled all performances till its matinee on Dec 21., once more citing “ongoing Covid-enforced absences within our cast and crew.”
Both “Hex,” which is predicated on the fairytale “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Curious Incident” have been canceled till after Christmas, with the previous because of recommence on Dec. 28 and the latter on Dec. 29.
The Donmar Warehouse’s present “Force Majeur” additionally shut down on Wednesday and hopes to restart performances on Dec. 29.
“It is sadly ironic that we must cancel performances of this brilliantly funny show titled ‘Force Majeure’ because of a … force majeure event,” Donmar Warehouse creative director Michael Longhurst stated in a press release.
“We were so excited to begin previewing this brand new stage adaptation and cannot wait to reopen the production as soon as possible. The safety of our performers, staff and audiences is our priority and we look forward to welcoming you back after Christmas. We send solidarity to everyone in our industry at this time.”
Meanwhile “The Matrix Reloaded” star Monica Bellucci has had her West End stage debut, initially scheduled to happen at Her Majesty’s Theatre on Dec. 20, pushed again to April 2022.
The West End has additionally witnessed its first everlasting casualty as “The Rhythmics” on the Southwark Playhouse has been canceled indefinitely. Described as “Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty,” the present has been shut down following a mix of optimistic COVID-19 instances and the knock on results of self-isolation, which impacted its “viability.”
Over on the Barbican in London’s east, performances “The Comedy of Errors” by the Royal Shakespeare Company have been postponed till Dec. 23.
Two exhibits that have been compelled to postpone performances earlier within the month because of Covid instances – “Life of Pi” and “Moulin Rouge!” – returned this week, nevertheless.
“Life of Pi,” based mostly on the Booker prize-winning novel of the identical identify (which has additionally been changed into an Ang Lee movie), reportedly canceled 5 exhibits earlier than returning on Wednesday night time whereas “Moulin Rouge!” re-opened on the Piccadilly Theatre in London on Monday Dec. 13 following a 10 day break because of Covid.
“The current rise in Covid cases is creating a challenging situation for theaters U.K.-wide during the sector’s most important time of year,” stated a spokesperson for the Society of London Theatres and U.Ok. Theatres. “While ticket sales remain strong for the Christmas period, show cancellations due to cast and crew illness – compounded by Covid-related audience refund and exchange requests – are creating an increasingly bleak outlook for venues over the next few crucial weeks.”
“The majority of theaters remain open, however, with producers doing everything they can to offer much-needed entertainment while prioritising the safety and confidence of audiences, staff and performers, in accordance with official guidance and our industry-wide ‘See it Safely’ measures. We are hugely grateful to the audiences which continue to support us.”
“We call on Government to recognise that, while our sector understands and welcomes many of the Plan B measures, imposing any further restrictions without targeted financial support for theaters, and individuals that work in the sector, would be a devastating blow to an industry which has already suffered an incredibly difficult 20 months.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport declined to say whether or not theaters will likely be given any extra assist throughout what is a vital time of yr for the business, as an alternative citing the federal government’s Culture Recovery Fund, which has to this point allotted “more than £1.3 billion [$1.7 billion] has been allocated to around 5,000 individual organisations and sites.”
“Under current plans, the additional £300 million [$400 million] announced in the Spring Budget is the final allocation of the Culture Recovery Fund and will support organisations through to spring 2022,” the spokesperson continued. “The fund is currently open for applications, and we will keep the delivery of the programme under active review and consider how best to adapt it in line with the needs of the sector.”
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