Phantom of the Opera UK Tour Cancels:
As theatres up and down the country and producers continue to count the cost of COVID lockdown and with no financial support or information from the Governments of the UK or the devolved nations as to how theatres can safely be reopened. The theatrical casualties are mounting.
The biggest so far is the announcement from Sir Cameron MacIntosh and Really Useful Theatre company that confirms the 2020 UK Tour of Phantom of the Opera which open at the Curve Leicester will sadly no longer continue.
A spokesman confirmed that It is with great sadness that due to the current state of complete shutdown of the British theatre by the Government because of Covid-19, Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group must announce that their new UK and Ireland Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, which had only played its opening date prior to a 14 month tour, will not re-open.
The great uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements and the perilous financial situation in which many regional theatres find themselves have conspired to make re-routing an entire major tour like Phantom impossible for some time as so many existing tours are needing to reschedule.
The production opened at Curve, Leicester at the beginning of March. Subsequent runs in Manchester and Dublin have already been cancelled. Following these dates, the tour was due to play Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and Bradford.
Whilst it is heart breaking for us as producers as well as for our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew who had all worked so hard to create this truly spectacular but tragically short-lived reinvented staging of the original production, we are determined that the disappearance of the “Phantom” from the British regional stage will not be forever and that when Theatre is back thrilling audiences again the “Music of the Night” will soar once more from the orchestra pit.
Sadly, this will just be the start of many productions effected, lets hope we continue to control this virus, and find the pathway to opening our Theatres, for now the Ghost lights continue to burn brightly.
Ticket Holders for the Edinburgh Festival Theatre run of the show will be contacted by the Box office directly.