THE ROYAL Shakespeare Company has confirmed all performances have been cancelled until April 30.
Executive director Catherine Mallyon, said: “We are continuing to follow all government guidelines around the COVID-19 outbreak, which includes the temporary cancellation of some of our performances, events and other activities.
“We want to give our audiences and visitors as much certainty as possible, so we are today confirming that all RSC performances and public activities are cancelled up to and including Thursday April 30.
“This date will be under constant review following government, Public Health England and industry advice, and it may lead to the RSC extending these cancellation dates.
“We are, of course, extremely sad that we are needing to take this step, but our first priority is always to protect our audiences, our staff and the general public.
“Our box office team will be in touch with existing bookers from next week with specific details of ticket exchanges and refunds, as well as the opportunity to donate your ticket refund to the company to help us through these very challenging times.
“We ask audiences to be patient and avoid calling the box office as we work through the long list of customers we need to contact; we may not be in touch immediately but we will eventually get to everyone.
“Temporarily closing venues is not a decision that is taken lightly, and we hope we are able to welcome audiences back to our theatres before too long. We’d like to extend our thanks to our audiences for support during this challenging time.”