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Outer London and fringe theatres post closure details in response to coronavirus

Janie Dee and Charlie Maher in rehearsal. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Story by Jack Foley

AS THE West End and fringe theatres went dark in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve compiled a list of theatre venues with more specific details of their plans for the future, including when they currently plan to re-open.

This includes proposals by the Royal Opera House, the Lyric Hammersmith and Finborough Theatre.

The West End went dark on Monday night (March 16, 2020) as Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised against visiting theatres, as well as pubs, clubs and other similar venues.

London and regional venues details are as follows…

Chiswick Playhouse – the venue has suspended all productions and activity until April 24, which includes the venue’s current show, Delivery.

National Student Drama FestivalNSDF 20 has been cancelled in the wake of the current government advice. The festival was about to announce its plans for the 2020 event, including visiting artists and masterclasses. Anyone invited to be a part of the 2020 event, including the management, technical and writers’ teams, will be invited to NSDF 21.

Bridge Theatre – will close until July, when the production of La Belle Sauvage opens in west London.

Gate Theatre – the venue has cancelled its remaining performances of Trainers, which was set to play until March 21. It has also postponed the upcoming run of Omeros, which was due to play from May 7 to 30.

Royal Opera House – the central London venue, which is home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet in addition to numerous visiting companies, has shut the building – including its restaurant – to the public and cancelled all performances.

Above the Stag – The venue will be closed for the foreseeable future.

Riverside Studios – The venue has shortened its run of Love, Loss and Chianti, with the final performance now running on March 24, rather than the originally planned May 27.

Bush Theatre – The venue has cancelled its performances of The High Table and Collapsible tonight (March 16), in light of the latest government advice.

Soho Theatre – The venue has closed its theatre and bar and has announced it is looking at ‘alternative ways in which we can work with those in our industry, support their wellbeing and livelihood’.

Watford Palace Theatre – The venue has cancelled its current run of Talking Heads, which was scheduled to run until March 29. It has additionally postponed its April run of Abigail’s Party, scheduled for April 29 to May 23, until 2021.

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre – The venue has cancelled its performance of Love, Love, Love tonight (March 16).

Royal Court – The venue has postponed performances and rehearsals for all of its shows, as well as its spring work. Shows Shoe Lady, Rare Earth Mettle, Two Palestinians Go Dogging and others will be remodelled into future programming. The theatre had pre-empted the government’s response by announcing its intention to postpone performances earlier in the day.

Park Theatre – The remaining performances of current show La Cage Aux Folles have been cancelled. The show was set to run until March 21. Future shows, including the upcoming production of Corpse!, are still planned to run as normal [according to Whatsonstage].

Young Vic – The venue itself remains open but the remaining performances of Nora: A Doll’s House, scheduled to run until March 21, have been cancelled.

Menier Chocolate Factory – The venue has suspended performances of its current show Indecent until April 13.

Finborough Theatre – Two upcoming productions have been postponed. Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad will no longer run from March 31 to April 25 and will instead play from February 2 to 27, 2021. Women Without Men will no longer run from April 28 to May 23 and will instead run from August 1 until September 5, 2020. The current run of Not Quite Jerusalem will continue its planned run until March 28.

Arcola Theatre – The venue has suspended all public performances for the foreseeable future. It was playing the final week of The Cutting Edge (due to end on March 21), with Gentlemen and Pipeline set to begin later in March.

The Turbine Theatre – The venue announced over Twitter that all performances until April 18 will be cancelled, including the show #HonestAmy, which had planned performances from March 24 until April 11.

Old Vic TheatreEndgame, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Alan Cumming, had already been suspended ahead of the government announcement. The show was scheduled to run until March 28. All other performances are currently scheduled to go ahead as planned, with the new revival of Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, starring Eileen Atkins and Timothée Chalamet, due to open in previews on April 6..

Charing Cross Theatre – The London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike has been postponed. The show was due to open at the Charing Cross Theatre on March 21 and run as part of the London Climate Change Festival until May 16. The postponement announcement had been made prior to the latest government advice.

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