The brakes have been slammed on and it seems that we're not going to be able to go to the ball just yet! The much-anticipated world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cinderella at the Gillian Lynne Theatre has had to be postponed due to Covid-19. The big-budget musical had been due to open officially this week, following last month's previews. A new date for the opening night at the Gillian Lynne Theatre is to be announced.
A statement from Andrew Lloyd Webber regarding the forced delay reads:
“Today, on this “Freedom Day”, I have been forced to take the heart-breaking decision not to open my Cinderella.
At Cinderella, from the outset, we have employed a rigorous testing system for all the cast and backstage crew before they begin work. On Saturday, as part of this process, we identified one positive case in a member of our cast who has a cameo role in the show. As a precautionary measure, we cancelled two shows on Saturday while we carried out further tests on everyone backstage, which were negative. Any of those who were identified as a close contact of the positive case were given additional PCR tests. These tests too were negative. This morning we carried out additional tests on those due to perform tonight. Every one of them was negative.
Despite this, the impossible conditions created by the blunt instrument that is the Government’s isolation guidance, mean that we cannot continue. We have been forced into a devastating decision which will affect the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of people and disappoint the thousands who have booked to see the show.
Cinderella was ready to go. My sadness for our cast and crew, our loyal audience and the industry I have been fighting for is impossible to put into words.
Freedom Day has turned into closure day.”
Preview performances at the Gillian Lynne Theatre of Cinderella, starring Carrie Hope Fletcher, began last month and a concept album was released on July 9th to promote the show.
Performance dates for Cinderella will now be confirmed at a later date.
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