New Wimbledon Theatre Delays Opening Until June

Decides not to stage any performances while social distancing required

New Wimbledon Theatre
New Wimbledon Theatre. Picture: Mike Pennington

The New Wimbledon Theatre has announced it will not reopen until June this year.

It will mean that one of London’s largest theatres will have been closed for more than 15 months in total.

Unlike some theatres in the capital the theatre, which opened in 1901, has made the decision not to open with social distancing measures in place.

Under the current government roadmap, theatres will be able to reopen from 17 May but social distancing measures must be in place.

New Wimbledon Theatre has suspended all performances until 26 June .

The hope is that on 21 June, all social distancing measures will be removed in England.

In a statement ATG Tickets, which runs the theatre, said, “Bookings for performances with confirmed rescheduled dates will be automatically moved to the new dates and customers will be informed accordingly.

“We are working with producers to reschedule as many postponed shows as possible and thank you in advance for your patience. Full credit vouchers which include all fees, or refunds, are available for all cancelled shows.

“Over the last few months, our teams up and down the country have successfully rescheduled thousands of performances of great quality plays, musicals, comedy and live music.”

There were some events scheduled far ahead at the 1,670 seat theatre in May and early June but these have now been postponed.

Those who have booked performances up to 16 May are currently being contacted by the company while others should be contacted by 14 May at the latest.

The statement added, “On behalf of all our staff, backstage crews, front-of -house teams, actors, dancers, musicians and the entire industry we thank you for your support as we work together to ensure the future success of British Theatre. With your ongoing support, we believe we can come back faster and stronger than ever before.”

This week the theatre also announced it would be staging the west end hit musical Dreamgirls next year with tickets on sale from Tuesday 27 April.

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April 26, 2021