The West End revival of Hello, Dolly! has been postponed.
A limited engagement of the classic musical starring Imelda Staunton was due to run in London from August 2020.
The pandemic forced the postponement, potentially until sometime in 2023, with exact dates for the new run to be confirmed.
Staunton, who will return in the title role of Dolly Gallagher, will be kept busy filming the fifth series of Netflix drama The Crown.
Existing ticket holders will be contacted about refunds.
A statement from producers Michael Harrison and David Ian reads: “Whilst we are naturally disappointed that we aren’t able to stage the show this summer, we are completely committed to Hello, Dolly! Dominic Cooke’s new production is set to have a cast of 34 and an orchestra of 18 musicians.
“This, coupled with Rae Smith’s stunning new designs, means we do not want to compromise the length of run, so postponing until the time is right and schedules permit is the best option, but plans are already underway for the new season which we will announce as soon as we can.”
Alongside Staunton, the cast was to feature Jenna Russell as Irene Molloy and Andy Nyman in the role of Horace Vandergelder. It’s not been announced if they will reprise their roles in the postponed production.
Dominic Cooke will direct, having previously worked with Staunton on the National Theatre’s 2017 production of Follies.
Also on the creative team are Bill Deamer (choreography), Rae Smith (design) and Nick Skilbeck (musical supervision).
Hello, Holly! debuted on Broadway in the 1960s, featuring a book by Michael Stewart with music & lyrics by Jerry Herman.
Based on Thornton Wilder’s play The Matchmaker, the musical follows socialite-turned-matchmaker Dolly Levi in her quest to find love for those around her as well as herself.