Chichester Festival Theatre has cancelled all of its 2020 productions.
Theatres across the UK are currently closed due to the ongoing lockdown and social distancing restrictions.
Today (Monday, May 4), Chichester Festival Theatre announced that the unpredictable nature of the current situation had resulted in the difficult decision to cancel this year’s planned productions.
South Pacific and The Unfriend, which were due at the venue this summer, will be postponed to 2021.
Kathy Bourne and Daniel Evans, Executive and Artistic Director respectively, said in a statement: “We are devastated that for the only time in Chichester Festival Theatre’s history, no Festival performances will take place this year.”
They added: “At this unprecedented time, with the full support of the Trustees, we feel this is the most responsible course of action we can take in order to ensure the future resilience of our organisation as well as protecting our staff, artists and audiences.”
Although no shows are currently planned for the year, a “revised shorter programme of work” for the autumn is being considered if possible.
The statement continued: “We are determined to stay connected to our audiences through our Learning, Education and Participation activities and online streaming, and to continue the initiatives we have implemented which support our community (such as our partnership with the Chichester Scrub Hub, lending our accommodation to the NHS and helping UK Harvest with food deliveries).
“We are immensely grateful to our supporters and sponsors who have stayed with us during this hugely challenging period; and to the many people who have sent us good wishes and donations. We are living for the moment we can reopen our doors, gather together and make some theatre.”
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