Les Misérables And Hamilton Among West End Shows Staying Shut Until 2021

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LES MISERABLES TOUR. The Barricade. Photo: Helen Maybanks
Les Misérables Tour. Photo: Helen Maybanks

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has confirmed The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins will also be closed until at least January.

It’s been confirmed a consultation process has started over potential redundancies for staff involved in these productions.

In a statement Mackintosh said: “This decision is heart-breaking for me, as I am sure it is for my employees, as everyone who has worked with me over the last 50 years, on or off the stage, knows how much I care about what I do and how I do it.

“Despite the government engaging with the desperate pleas from everyone in the theatre industry, so far there has been no tangible practical support beyond offers to go into debt which I don’t want to do. Their inability to say when the impossible constraints of social distancing will be lifted makes it equally impossible for us to properly plan for whatever the new future is.

“This has forced me to take drastic steps to ensure that I have the resources for my business to survive and enable my shows and theatres to reopen next year when we are permitted to. I have no investors or venture capital backing, everything is funded by me personally and already my companies’ considerable reserves have been massively reduced by the complete closure of our industry everywhere.”

Mackintosh goes on to plead with the government to help the theatre industry survive the pandemic.

“The commercial theatre provides billions of pounds of revenue to the Economy. 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.”

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