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The funeral of Queen Elizabeth II: Most West End shows to not perform on 19 September

The majority of West End shows that have scheduled performances on Monday 19 September 2022, have said that they will not perform as a mark of respect for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Opera House will not perform The Crucible , I, Joan or Don Giovanni, respectively, on Monday 19 September, and will cease any tours or other activity that day. Also the Globe’s 25th anniversary celebrations on 18 September is also cancelled.

Most West End shows that were scheduled to perform on Monday 19 September have cancelled their performances on that day, including:

  • Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre
  • Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre
  • Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre
  • Only Fools and Horses at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
  • The Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre
  • Moulin Rouge The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre
  • The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre
  • To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre
  • Jersey Boys at the Trafalgar Theatre
  • & Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre
  • Grease at the Dominion Theatre
  • Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre
  • Dear Evan Hansen at the Noel Coward Theatre
  • Life of Pi at the Wyndham’s Theatre
  • Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre)
  • The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre

Any ticket holders for Monday 19 September performances of these shows, or any other shows that subsequently cancel their performance on that day, will be contacted individually by their ticket supplier via email.

All West End shows are playing normally throughout this week and next week of National mourning, in line with the Royal Household’s wish that everyday life must continue as we all mourn. 

West End theatres – and theatres around the UK – are currently paying tribute to Her Majesty dimming their lights for 2 minutes at 7pm every day up to, and including, the funeral.

On 13 September 2022, industry trade bodies The Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre put out a joint statement about the closures: “Due to the scheduling of the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and out of respect for all who are mourning, most shows in central London have now announced that they will be closing on 19 September. Ticketholders will receive an email from their point of purchase with details regarding exchanges and refunds. Throughout the period of national mourning, performances will go ahead as planned but we would advise audiences coming into central London to allow more time for their journeys to and from the theatre from Wednesday when the Queen will be lying in State. In regards to the national one minute silence at 8pm on Sunday 18 September, shows that are playing on that evening will mark this prior to curtain up.”

ATG who own theatres including the Ambassadors, Apollo Victoria, Duke of York’s, Lyceum and Piccadilly Theatres, have said that they will close all of their London and UK theatres on 19 September.

Article updated: 13 September 2022, 17:45pm

👤 📅13 September 2022

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