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Utilita and The Queen’s Cancel Drive In Tour:

Six the Musical at the Drive in and other shows cancel:

It has been confirmed by the individual productions including “Dinosaur World” and “The Tiger who came to Tea” that this summer’s planned Drive in tour promoted by Live Nation in collaboration with Utilita energy.

The tour was to feature the smash hit pop musical “SIX” their official statement from producers Kenny Wax, Wendy and Andy Barnes and George Stilies confirms: “This devastating news has come out of the blue and hit us all for six. We are so sorry to disappoint the thousands of fans who have booked tickets and sold out many dates on the tour. It is also a sad day for our West End and UK Tour Queens, who had already started rehearsals and our entire team of over 60 people who were all working so very hard to deliver a spectacular show  Despite the UK Government announcing Stage 3 of Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s road map permitting performances outdoors with an audience, the planned tour was due to visit 12 cities, several of which have since been identified as emerging Covid infection hot spots. We know that ultimately there is nothing more important than the safety and wellbeing of our company and the Six Queendom. We look forward to better times.”

Live Nation Entertainment have taken down all links to the productions from there ticket booking system as has Ticketmaster, However Live Nation did release a short statement “The latest developments regarding localised lockdowns means it has become impossible for us to continue with the series with any confidence”.

“SIX” did confirm that there combined UK and West End cast were in rehearsals for the tour when the plug was pulled, but fans of the Queens need not worry, The UK tour will return in 2021 and West End production at the Arts Theatre will return although it remains closed until the 27th September.

Whilst safety over both cast, crew and audiences must be top priority, it’s frustrating that producers were able to announce this tour without having the guidance from the government and while the industry welcomed the cash injection of £1.57 billion the guidance and route map came too late, that combined with the ongoing pandemic means this tour can’t be saved.

Ticketmaster confirms refunds will be issued directly to all ticket holders for productions within the next 7 days.

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