Stage production of Phantom of the Opera has been postponed until next year due to Covid outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne
The upcoming production of The Phantom of the Opera has become the latest victim of the current outbreak of COVID-19 Delta.
It was announced Thursday that the iconic show has been postponed until next year, with Sydney and Melbourne amid blockages.
Opera Australia said in a press release that it was “disappointed to announce the forced postponement of its production of the Phantom of the Opera”.
Closing curtain: Upcoming production of Phantom of the Opera has become latest victim of current COVID-19 outbreak Delta
The show was scheduled to debut at the Sydney Opera House in September, before moving to Melbourne in November.
“The company has taken the incredibly difficult step of postponing both seasons due to the uncertainty created by the ongoing restrictions imposed by the governments of New South Wales and Victoria due to indefinite lockdowns from COVID-19.” , says the press release.
Opera Australia acknowledged that while it was “disappointing” to have to postpone, “the health and safety of the community” was of “the utmost importance”.
More before it starts: It was announced on Thursday that the iconic show has been postponed until next year, with Sydney and Melbourne amid lockdowns
“This was a really tough decision for OA and our partners to make, and certainly not taken lightly as so many people will be affected,” Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said in a statement.
“After making box office history at the Opera, it was clear that Australians were very excited about this new production of the world’s most successful musical, and we had assembled a fantastic cast of Australian artists. , it’s heartbreaking to have to postpone.
“Rest assured that we are working hard to secure dates for 2022 at both sites, which we will announce as soon as possible. We encourage anyone who can to keep their tickets for next year. ‘
Delayed: Opera Australia said in a press release it was “disappointed to announce the forced postponement of its production of The Phantom of the Opera”
No date has yet been confirmed for the rescheduled shows, with acclaimed theater producer Cameron Mackintosh expressing his “huge disappointment” at the cancellations and his “hope” for the production’s future.
“We really hope that we can confirm in the not-so-distant future that production will open next year when the vaccination rollout is expected to be long over and the disruption in the theater will be a distant memory. and unpleasant, ‘he added.
In addition to being forced to cancel this year’s shows, the current lockdown in Sydney “made it impossible for OA to continue working in the wardrobe and set manufacturing shops.”
Postponed: The show was scheduled to open at the Sydney Opera House in September, before moving to Melbourne in November
It also means that rehearsals – which were due to start on July 26 – cannot go as planned.
The governments of Victoria and NSW have indicated that when theatrical performances resume after the lockdown, they will have reduced audience capacity, which has been deemed “financially unsustainable” for The Phantom of the Opera.
Ticket holders have been urged to keep their tickets for next year once restrictions are relaxed, with new dates to be announced in due course.
Necessary: Opera Australia acknowledged that while it was “disappointing” to have to postpone, “the health and safety of the community” was of “the utmost importance”