Sister Act The Musical has rescheduled its planned London run and UK tour.
Originally due to play at the Eventim Apollo in 2020 and then delayed to 2021, the show will now run from 19 July 2022 to 28 August 2022.
The latest schedule change means that Whoopi Goldberg will no longer reprise her starring role as Deloris Van Cartier.
Goldberg said: “SISTER ACT is near and dear to my heart and I’m disappointed that I will be unable to perform in this production under the circumstances.
“However, my producing partners and I will continue to work towards mounting a fantastic production, with an amazing new cast and we look forward to presenting it when it can be done safely for everyone onstage, behind the scenes and in the audience.”
New casting for the run – which was due to feature Jennifer Saunders in the role of Mother Superior – is to be confirmed.
Producer Jamie Wilson said “This new version of Sister Act The Musical has been in development for several years now and both Whoopi and I are committed to launching this celebratory, joyous and life affirming production with audiences in the UK.
“We can’t wait for everyone involved in the show to get back to doing what they love.
“We are now in the process of putting together a star-studded cast and will be able to share this news with you soon. We look forward to us all supporting and celebrating theatre when we return to the stage. It will be worth the wait”.
Meanwhile the UK tour, which was due to kick off in April 2020, has also been rescheduled with new dates to be confirmed.
Casting for the tour will also be announced soon.
Based on the hit movie, Sister Act tells the story of a singer who is forced to join a convent after being placed in a witness protection program.
Sister Act features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellner with additional book material by Douglas Carter Beane.