The Regent's Park Open Air Theatre has postponed its entire 2020 summer season to next year.
Artistic director Timothy Sheader said: "Whilst obviously unavoidable, it is incredibly sad that we are unable to open our theatre this summer for the first time since 1961. Our thoughts are with all those who were due to work with us this summer and our loyal audience. We are so grateful for the messages of support we have received over the past weeks and I am delighted that we have been able to reschedule all of our productions in 2021.
"We are a charity which receives no public subsidy and so ticket sales in the summer months provide the vast majority of our income. Through creative programming, shrewd financial management and the backing of an ambitious audience always up for the thrilling, yet unpredictable, nature of open air theatre, we have built a successful and resilient business which has allowed us to weather this loss of an entire season.
"However, with another whole year until we are able to welcome audiences again, if our audiences are able to do so, I would be very grateful if they would consider supporting us."
The new dates for the productions are:
101 Dalmatians - 15 May – 20 June 2021
Romeo & Juliet - 26 June – 24 July 2021
Carousel - 30 July – 18 September 2021
Dragons and Mythical Beasts - 10 August – 05 September 2021
He said: "We are a charity which receives no public subsidy and so our ambitious audience, always up for the thrilling, yet unpredictable, nature of open air theatre, is of paramount importance to us. Ticket sales in the summer months provide the vast majority of our income.
"Whilst we had built a successful and resilient theatre through creative programming and shrewd financial management, the loss of an entire season coupled with having to wait another whole year until we are able to welcome audiences again, means we need your support now more than ever.
"With your backing, we will be able to continue producing award-winning shows in the heart of Regent’s Park, provide £10 preview tickets to 18-25 year olds, subsidise tickets to some 6,000 school children and champion access in all that we do. "