Andrew Lloyd-Webber CANCELS Cinderella: Blames ‘Devastating decision’ on Government | Theatre | Entertainment
The new musical was in previews last week but had to cancel both performances on Saturday after one performer tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday, everyone attending this evening’s press opening had been advised they needed to bring the results of a negative lateral flow test to be admitted for the performance. In the last hour, Sir Andrew released a new statement announcing that the show would not be going ahead this evening, with no indication of when, or if, it would in the future. READ THE FULL STATEMENT BELOW
ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER CINDERELLA STATEMENT:
Today, on this “Freedom Day”, I have been forced to take the heart-breaking decision not to open my Cinderella.
At Cinderella, from the outset, we have employed a rigorous testing system for all the cast and backstage crew before they begin work. On Saturday, as part of this process, we identified one positive case in a member of our cast who has a cameo role in the show. As a precautionary measure, we cancelled two shows on Saturday while we carried out further tests on everyone backstage, which were negative. Any of those who were identified as a close contact of the positive case were given additional PCR tests. These tests too were negative. This morning we carried out additional tests on those due to perform tonight. Every one of them was negative.
Despite this, the impossible conditions created by the blunt instrument that is the Government’s isolation guidance, mean that we cannot continue. We have been forced into a devastating decision which will affect the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of people and disappoint the thousands who have booked to see the show.
Cinderella was ready to go. My sadness for our cast and crew, our loyal audience and the industry I have been fighting for is impossible to put into words.
Freedom Day has turned into closure day.