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Old Rep Theatre halts live productions until 2021

By Rebecca Sayce | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

Birmingham's Old Rep Theatre has halted productions until 2021.

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The move follows the theatre's temporary closure this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the venue said: "Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19 upon the cultural sector the Old Rep Theatre has taken the difficult decision to remain closed to public performances until 2021.

"The safety of our staff, audiences and performers is paramount and until social distancing restrictions are relaxed sufficiently for cultural audiences we are unable to to open our doors to audiences."

The venue's annual Christmas pantomime will return next year, promising to be 'bigger and better than ever'.

Other shows affected include The Navy Lark, Chaplin: Birth of a Tramp, Razzamattaz: Our Moment In Time and the Youth Theatre club that takes place every Thursday.

Comedians such as Mark Steel, Sofie Hagen, John Challis, Simon Brodkin and Seann Walsh have also had their shows rescheduled.

Tickets purchased for shows still remain valid for rescheduled dates. Staff from the theatre will be contacting ticket holders regarding cancelled and rescheduled shows.

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Telephone lines are currently not being manned due to majority of staff being furloughed.

A number of shows have been cancelled including Dom Joly: Holiday Snaps, The Wizard of Oz, The Tempest, Rapunzel: A Tangled Musical Tale, Birmingham Youth Theatre: Shrek The Musical, Macbeth, One Night In Dublin and more.

More information on affected performances can be found here.

For updates from the venue, click here.

Rebecca Sayce

By Rebecca Sayce
@becci_star

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me: rebecca.sayce@expressandstar.co.uk

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