The Arcola Theatre has responded to the unfolding healthcare pandemic by suspending all productions at the East London venue.
A notice released by Artistic Director Mehmet Ergen and the Executive Team, Leyla Nazli and Dr Ben Todd, said:
Arcola Theatre is suspending all public performances until further notice, in order to avoid contributing to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
The impact of COVID-19 is a critical threat to Arcola and to the livelihoods of all those who work in the arts. Most of Arcola’s funding comes from people like you, coming to see our performances. Without these performances, the vast majority of our income is gone.
But we do not believe that it is practical or responsible for us to stage shows while people’s lives are at risk. We will be contacting affected ticket-holders shortly.
We are determined to survive, to retain our dedicated team, and to get our shows back on track as soon as possible. So we need your help urgently.
Arcola Theatre is a registered charity, and any donation – large or small – will ensure that our theatre stays thriving, long after this crisis is past.”
Current and forthcoming productions at the venue included Jack Shepherd’s tragicomedy The Cutting Edge, due to run until 21 March 2020; Matt Parvin’s blistering new drama Gentleman, due to run 18 March – 18 April 2020; the European premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s lyrical drama about parental duty and the state of education, Pipeline (26 March – 2 May 2020); and Broken Water (22 April – 23 May 2020).
Ticket holders should contact the venue for further information.