Covid Restrictions take toll on Scottish Venues:
The First Minister confirmed on Tuesday 11th January the restrictions for indoor venues would not be lifted, (despite outdoor stadia having there restrictions lifted from the 17th January) with only an indicative date of 24th January as a lifting date our theatres have had to cancel and reschedule may upcoming productions. So let’s ahead round the country for a quick Update.
Scotland’s largest Theatre the Playhouse was due to host the Scottish Premier of the UK tour of the acclaimed musical “Waitress” originally scheduled from 18th to 22nd January, the greenside venue confirmed a postponement then producers of the show have confirmed the show will come to the Playhouse from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 23rd April following its Scottish Debut at the Glasgow King’s. The theatre will contact with current ticket holders to confirm their respective new dates. All other booked productions are continuing to play their respective runs as of this writing.
The Festival and King’s Theatre Edinburgh:
It has been a particular torrid time for the team at Capital Theatres (the team who run the Festival, King’s and Studio theatres in the Capital city). They have confirmed the tour of “Bring It On” the musical tour scheduled to play Edinburgh from the 15th of February has been cancelled and will not play beyond its current dates at the Southbank centre.
The same fate has befallen the UK tour of “Fatal Attraction” which was due to play the Edinburgh King’s from the 1st of February. The UK tour of “Fat Friends The musical” scheduled for the Festival Theatre from 1stMarch has been postponed and also removed from the venues scheduled.
A major blow is the National Theatre’s UK tour production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” scheduled to play the Festival Theatre from Tuesday 15th February has been cancelled. This is solely due to Scottish restrictions as the production will play the Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield on those dates instead. Scottish Audiences can see the Show at the Kings Theatre Glasgow from 5th April.
Finally the Festival Theatre was to start 2022 with the acclaimed production of Disney’s “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” from the 19th January. Thankfully producers have announced new dates and the Production will run from Wednesday 16th February and the venue will contact ticket holders accordingly. All other performances at the Edinburgh King’s, Festival and Studio theatres are currently planned to run as scheduled.
Elsewhere in Edinburgh and the East Coast:
As of publication the Brunton Theatre Musselburgh, The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, The Traverse Theatre are unaffected as of this writing. However the Usherhall Edinburgh have paused ticket sales for “Get Organised”, “ELO Again” and “BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra-Saint-Saens ‘organ’ Symphony” check there websites for further info.
The Smash hit west end sensation “The Book of Mormon” was scheduled to play Glasgow King’s from 17thJanuary. This has been cancelled and hopefully new dates are announced soon. The production will play The Edinburgh Playhouse from 13th of September.
Theatre Royal Glasgow
The Theatre Royal have confirmed “No such thing as a fish” scheduled for Sunday 16th January has been rescheduled to Sunday 4th September. Also “Rhod Gilbert- The Book of John” booked for Sunday 23rdJanuary has been rescheduled to Tuesday 24th May. All Other productions are schedule to play as booked.
His Majesty’s Theatre in Aberdeen have confirmed cancellation of Scottish Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” with no plans to reschedule. Also the production of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” scheduled to play from 25th January has been cancelled. As of this writing other shows remain unaffected.
As of this writing, The Eden Court theatre in Inverness is fairing the best, with no announced cancellations or rescheduled dates. Keep an eye on their website for more details.
The vast bulk of our venues are affected by the ongoing restrictions, we hope that the Government lift these restrictions on the indicative date of the 24th of January and urgently deliver the promised funding support. When the curtains do rise, its more vital than ever that audiences support their local theatres and beyond as they recover from the pandemic and these latest restrictions forced on them.