In extremely sad news today, Cameron Mackintosh and his producing partners Delfont Mackintosh have announced they will be cancelling the remaining dates for their productions for the remainder of the year.
This means Les Miserables,, Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins will not reopen until 2021 at the earliest.
Prior to this, the official guideline by SOLT was for theatres to remain closed until August 2nd, though several shows including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, TINA and &Juliet announced they would remain closed until September.
With no end to social distancing in site, it is becoming increasingly clear that theatres are not able to reopen in this climate. While this is the first announcement of shows not returning until 2021, it is unlikely to be the last. LW Theatres, Nimax and ATG will likely follow suit depending on guidelines. DMT's other shows including Dear Evan Hansen are currently still booking from September.
As sad as this is for theatre fans, this also puts a lot of jobs in the industry at risk with redundancies all but certain in theatres.
The full statement from Cameron Mackintosh is below:
The date he is due to reopen theatres has not been announced but will be as early as possible in 2021, depending on the climate and safety in reopening.
In the meantime we can all do our bit by supporting theatre charities and buying streams, subscriptions and memberships.