Hairspray and The Prince of Egypt among shows suspended by Covid cases

Last Updated on 13 July 2021 by Showcall Editorial Team

Performances of The Prince of Egypt, Hairspray, Bach & Sons and Romeo & Juliet in London have had to be temporarily suspended due to cases of Covid-19

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West End musicals The Prince of Egypt and Hairspray, Bach & Sons at the Bridge Theatre and Romeo & Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are among the latest shows forced to cancel performances due to Covid-19 cases.

In line with the Government’s track and trace rules requiring self-isolation, the shows are unable to go ahead as at least one member of each company has tested positive.

Performances of The Prince of Egypt at the Dominion Theatre were suspended today up to and including 20 July. In a statement, the producers said: “The production’s Covid officers identified a single positive Covid case within the company and, while all other company members remain Covid-negative, the Government legislation is such that the close-contact workforce must now isolate for 10 days, rendering it impossible to perform the show.”

It added: “Ticket buyers impacted by the cancellation of performances are being contacted by their point of purchase via email at the earliest opportunity. Ticket buyers will be offered the opportunity to freely exchange tickets to a future date or receive a refund or credit voucher.”

Tickets for The Prince of Egypt, which features a company of 60, are now on sale for all performances from 21 July 2021 until 8 January 2022.

The acclaimed return of the hit musical Hairspray, starring Michael Ball, at the London Coliseum has also been suspended – for a second time.

On 5 July, performances were cancelled up to and including 13 July because a member of the Hairspray production team tested positive for Covid-19. Today, it was announced that the company would have to continue self-isolating “due to a small number of isolated positive cases of Covid-19” so performances will not now resume until 20 July.

Ticket holders were advised to contact the London Coliseum if they booked directly by emailing contacthairspray@eno.org so they can book for an alternative performance. However, it added that “full refunds will be offered to all customers who are unable to move their tickets to an alternative performance”. Anyone who booked via a ticket agent will be contacted by the agent. Hairspray is booking to 29 September 2021.

Bach & Sons, starring Simon Russell Beale, today put out a statement saying that it was cancelling performances from 12 to 17 July inclusive. “Despite thorough precautions in place at The Bridge, we were made aware of a suspected positive case of Covid-19 within the team working on Bach & Sons,” it said.

It has informed customers that they are entitled to an exchange, account credit or full refund by emailing boxoffice@bridgetheatre.co.uk or phoning 0333 320 0051. Bach & Sons is booking to 11 September 2021.

Performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre have been suspended up to and including 20 July “due to Covid regulations surrounding self-isolation within the acting company”.

In its statement today, the theatre added: “Following a severely limited season in 2020, and a delayed start to this season – opening with a reduced capacity of 50% – it has been a particularly challenging time for the theatre. This news is therefore incredibly disappointing but is, as audiences will appreciate, out of our hands.”

Customers are being contacted but if ticketholders have any further questions, they have been asked to email boxoffice@openairtheatre.com or phone 0333 400 3562. Romeo & Juliet is running until 24 July. Performances of Anansi the Spider and the theatre’s MOREoutdoor events are not affected and are continuing as planned.

On 5 July, the Royal Court Theatre was forced to suspend performances of its award-winning production of Jasmine Lee-Jones’ Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner until 11 July “due to Covid isolation requirements”. The run was due to resume today but tonight’s performance had to be cancelled due to heavy flooding in the theatre’s basement.

Under Government track and trace regulations, everyone in close sustained contact with a positive case of Covid-19 has to self-isolate for 10 days. The rules on self-isolation are due to be relaxed in England from 16 August, removing the need for anyone who has been fully vaccinated to self-isolate if they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

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