The UK & Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera has been cancelled due the ongoing shutdown of UK theatre’s and the financial uncertainty faced by many regional theatres, it has been announced.
Producers Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group said “It is with great sadness that due to the current state of complete shutdown of the British theatre by the Government because of Covid-19, the new UK and Ireland Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” will not re-open.”
Producers added “The great uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements and the perilous financial situation in which many regional theatres find themselves have conspired to make re-routing an entire major tour like Phantom impossible for some time as so many existing tours are needing to reschedule.”
“Whilst it is heart breaking for us as producers as well as for our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew who had all worked so hard to create this truly spectacular but tragically short-lived reinvented staging of the original production, we are determined that the disappearance of the “Phantom” from the British regional stage will not be forever and that when theatre is back thrilling audiences again the “Music of the Night” will soar once more from the orchestra pit.”
The production opened its 14 month tour at Curve, Leicester at the beginning of March. Subsequent runs in Manchester and Dublin have already been cancelled. Following these dates, the tour was due to play Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and Bradford.
Ticket holders will be contacted directly by their venue/point of sale in due course and we appreciate their patience in this unprecedented time.