Shows across West End cancel performances as Covid cases mount

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Six The Musical in West End. Picture: Pamela Raith

Come From Away, Matilda, Hamilton, Six and Cabaret have become the latest West End shows forced to cancel performances.

The theatre industry has been battling to remain open amid the ongoing pandemic following an almost total closure for 18 months.


Despite robust testing procedures, mandatory face masks and ‘vaccine passports’, many productions have been forced to cancel shows due to Covid.

At the time of writing (16 December), Matilda The Musical, Six, Hamilton, Come From Away, The Lion King and Cabaret among the current cancellations in the West End.

The National Theatre has postponed performances – including the official opening night – of new musical Hex until 28 December while The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre is cancelled until 29 December.

If you’re heading to see a show, we strongly suggest visiting the production’s social media pages or contacting the venue for the latest updates.

The latest updates follow the total cancellation of The Rhythmics at Southwark Playhouse due to Covid.

Other productions forced to cancel performances over the past week have included The Life of Pi, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cinderella, The Prince Of Egypt, Comedy of Errors, and Moulin Rouge!.

Outside of London and numerous pantos have been forced to shutter while the White Christmas tour is currently staging a ‘limited-touch’ production to help keep the cast protected and the show open.

There have been calls from those in the entertainment and hospitality industries – including producer Sir Cameron Mackintosh – for government support.

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