The biggest West End shows of London– Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Mary Poppins, and Les Miserables— will not be returning onstage until 2021. Cameron Mackintosh of the Delfont Mackintosh Theatres announced this through a statement.
It was also stated that they are having consultations over potential redundancies for employees of the said West End shows.
Mackintosh said that it was a “hearbreaking” decision; calling out the British government for having “no tangible practical support beyond offers to go into debt” for them in the theater industry.
“The commercial theatre provides billions of pounds of revenue to the Economy,” says Mackintosh. “It is time this is recognised and the government takes action to ensure this priceless resource at which the British people excel is helped to survive. Without our theatres being ablaze with life, London cannot properly reopen as one of the World’s greatest cities.”
The producer expects that it will take several more months to prepare for the reopening of theaters once they’re allowed to resume.
Back in March, all major British theaters had to close during the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic threat. This affected about 50 theaters in London, and almost 250 other theaters throughout UK, according to The Guardian.
Homestream image from Delfont Mackintosh on Twitter.