The Phantom Of The Opera UK Tour 2020 has been cancelled by producer Cameron Mackintosh due to COVID-19.
The Phantom Of The Opera UK Tour 2020 has been cancelled by producer Cameron Mackintosh due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Mackintosh released the following statement today (27 May):-
“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, Cameron Mackintosh and The Really Useful Group must announce that their new UK and Ireland Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, which had only played its opening date prior to a 14-month tour, will not re-open.
“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.
“The production opened 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.
“Whilst it is heartbreaking 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.
Ticket holders will be contacted directly by their venue/point of sale in due course and we appreciate their patience in this unprecedented time”.
The show which is now stalled in its 33rd year of performances at London’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, The Phantom Of The Opera has played to over 145 million people in 41 countries and 183 cities in 17 languages. One of the most successful musicals in history, it has won over 70 major theatre awards including 7 Tonys and 4 Oliviers. The show was the recipient of the 1986 Olivier Award for Best Musical and the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical. It is the longest-running show in Broadway history and is the second longest-running West End musical behind Les Miserables.
The Phantom Of The Opera has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and lyrics by Charles Hart and Richard Stilgoe and is based on the novel by Gaston Leroux.
The Phantom Of The Opera tells the tale of a disfigured musical genius known only as ‘The Phantom’ who haunts the depths of the Paris Opera House. Mesmerised by the talents and beauty of a young soprano – Christine, the Phantom lures her as his protégé and falls fiercely in love with her. Unaware of Christine’s love for Raoul, the Phantom’s obsession sets the scene for a dramatic turn of events where jealousy, madness and passions collide.