Which London theater shows and tourist attractions are canceled?


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Major theaters in the UK are suffering a wave of cancellations as the country is hit by a rise in Omicron infections which has forced the government to impose new restrictions encouraging people to work from home.

A vaccine recall campaign is underway, but official warnings from doctors and government leaders to minimize festive celebrations mean the hospitality and entertainment industries are taking a hammer blow.

Which shows and theaters in London have been affected?

The Natural History Museum is closing its doors for a week due to “staff shortages” linked to the coronavirus until December 28.

Disney’s West End Performance The Lion King will be closed from Tuesday due to “continued Covid-related absences” among the cast and crew.

A statement on Twitter said: “Unfortunately, Disney’s performance The Lion King in London which was to take place between Tuesday December 21 and Sunday December 26 can no longer play as planned.

Shows Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley and staged at the Playhouse Theater in the West End, were canceled last week and further cancellations were announced on December 20.

The Book of Mormon also canceled a week of performances following an “exponential” increase in positive Covid cases among their cast and crew in London.

On Instagram, the producers announced: “We had to make the decision to cancel all performances of The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theater until Monday, December 27.

Shows Hex at the National Theater, based on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, were also canceled until after Christmas.

The curious incident of the dog during the night at the Troubadour Theater Wembley was also postponed after the festive break.

Shakespeare’s Royal Company The comedy of mistakes at the Barbican has been halted, with production hoping to resume on Thursday, December 23.

Force majeure at the Donmar Warehouse has been canceled until December 29 after the cast tested positive for the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that the traditional New Years celebration in Trafalgar Square will not take place this year.

People stay home because of government guidelines

When the UK switched to Plan B restrictions in response to the Omicron outbreak, it encouraged work-from-home policies.

It also acted as a warning sign for people wishing to celebrate the holiday season. Although the sites are still open, trade is slow.

In the financial district of the City of London, fewer than 30 people sat outside bars near the famous Leadenhall Market, which is usually crowded with City employees.

Restaurateur Tom Kerridge took to social media on Tuesday to reveal that 654 guests had canceled reservations in six days, saying many restaurants would “collapse” without help.

The holiday season is crucial for theaters for revenue and for reaching new audiences, especially after most productions were canceled or delayed in 2020.

This year, theaters were able to stage productions without restriction on audience capacity.

Joanna Reid, executive director of the Belgrade Theater in Coventry, central England, said her theater had been forced to abandon some of its Christmas pantomime shows due to a coronavirus outbreak among performers and the staff.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, she said her theater reimbursed customers around £ 180,000 after the cancellations, resulting in a “real breach of trust”.

“It’s heartbreaking. We were delighted to have been able to open the show. We gave 10 performances, then we had an epidemic 10 days ago. Half of the cast tested positive and some of the crew as well.

She said public demand for the shows was strong, despite what she called “mixed messages” from the government.

“People want to come to the theater, feel safe in our theater because of the See It Safely campaign, and make their own decisions,” Ms. Reid said.

Many sites have adopted the industry-wide See It Safely program, which allows sites to display a special mark after they have signed a code of conduct and proven to follow the latest guidelines.

Approved sites receive a branding toolkit, which can be displayed at sites and on promotional material, an animated safety video, signage and continuing education.

The public must now wear masks and show a Covid passport when going to the theater due to the emergence of the Omicron variant.

Updated: December 21, 2021 02:23


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