Andrew Lloyd Webber suspends the Cinderella musical by Omicron until February

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Lloyd Webber blamed “this horrible virus” for the Lord Lloyd Webber’s decision

Andrew Lloyd Webber stated that he feels “devastated” to have had his musical Cinderella halted for seven consecutive weeks, while Omicron wrecks all of the live events.

According to the producer and composer of West End, “as soon this wave is licked,” they will be returning. A return date for 2009 is 9 February.

This is the first time that a major production has been put on ice so long.

Cinderella was just one of many UK productions that were cancelled by Covid cast and crew.

The Gillian Lynne Theatre has had it since Thursday.

“Once more, the wretched viral has ended my joy in entertaining people, which I treasure so much.” Tweets by Lord Lloyd Webber.

This is the wrong thing to do. Not only for our musicians, cast and backstage staff safety, but also for our audience who have traveled long distances to see us.

“Relax, Cinderella is going to reopen once this wave is over. Our audience deserves the best.

Also, the opening ceremony was delayed earlier in the year.

An additional statement was made“Like theatres all across the country day in and day out, our decisions are often made quickly based upon the most recent round of testing results.

The statement added, “passionately committed” to return sooner if circumstances change. We will also keep an eye on the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

Flu epidemics forced half the major London theatres to cancel shows over the weekend.

In recent times, many more across the country suffered the exact same fate, including the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse as well the Manchester Royal Exchange and the Lowry in Salford.

Some shows have been suspended until next year. Wendy and Peter Pan will be at Leeds Playhouse. Shakespeare’s Globe’s Measure For Measure and Wendy will not return to the Leeds Playhouse until January 4. The curtain on Hex 5 the National Theatre’s Christmas show will remain up until January.

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Broadway has announced that the Broadway musical Jagged Little Pill, by Alanis Morrissette, is now closed. The reason? “The dramatic turn in events this week due to the rapid spread Omicron variation.”

Lord Lloyd Webber’s decision came despite Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement on Tuesday of an extra £30m for the Culture Recovery Fund to help English venues and arts organisations between now and March.

According to the Theatres Trust, funds should be distributed as soon as possible in order to protect theaters.

Jon Morgan, director of the charity said that “theatres all over the country are already in trouble with shows being cancelled because of infections and falling ticket prices as audiences follow government advice. So this support is extremely needed.”

‘Devastating impact’ in Scotland

The Society of London Theatre stated that this was a signal to the Treasury and the chancellor of the United Kingdom, “This shows they understand the difficulties facing theatres and cultural enterprises.”

Equity and Bectu unions demanded more support for workers who Equity stated were facing “a winter of cancelled performances, bookings, and shows”.

Bectu said that Culture Recovery Fund is “focused on building not people”, was too slow and cumbersome,

In Scotland, however, the government ordered indoor seating capacities to be reduced from 26 Dec to 200 and social distancing to return for at least 3 weeks.

Theatres Trust says that these actions will “have a devastating effect on theatres”.

A statement stated that “We welcome the extra financial support announced earlier by the first minister” and hoped it would be quickly distributed.

According to The Stage, several Scottish theatres have already cancelled Christmas performances.


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