The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has cancelled all remaining performances of their 2020 season in Stratford Upon Avon as well as the forthcoming Barbican season in London.
The shows, a new musicalThe Magician’s Elephant and two The War of the Roses plays will now run in 2021.
The RSC Summer School has also been cancelled and their West End musical Matilda will also remain closed in line with the industry wide-theatre shutdown.
Two of the venue’s spring season productions, The Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors, will be presented in Stratford this autumn if it is possible to do so, with the venue saying that this “is dependent on government advice on social distancing and whether it is financially viable for the Company to open its theatres and perform to audiences.”
In a statement executive director Catherine Mallyon and artistic director Gregory Doran said: “We’re in the process of rescheduling our 2020 Winter Season, moving it from this year to 2021, whilst hoping there may be a possibility of reopening this autumn in Stratford-upon-Avon in some form. This would ideally be with our delayed summer schedule.
“Sadly, moving our Summer Season means we have had to take the difficult decision to cancel our Barbican residency this autumn. We are sorry to be unable to share our work with London audiences in 2020 and look forward to returning to the Barbican with some exciting plans for our season there in 2021”
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