Broadway, West End Cancel Performances Over COVID, Tighten Restrictions for Audiences

A COVID-19 outbreak amongst theater performers has brought on Broadway and London’s West End to cancel reveals and add new restrictions for audiences attending reveals.

On Wednesday, Broadway had canceled performances in 5 out of their 32 reveals. Hamilton halted performances till Friday night time and the newly opened Mrs. Doubtfire, has been shut down since Sunday however plans to renew on Tuesday.

Other Broadway reveals who canceled performances on Wednesday included Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Ain’t Too Proud, Tina and Freestyle Love Supreme.

New York officers added new restrictions for viewers members who nonetheless plan to attend reveals. Children aged 5 to 11 who are actually eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine should present proof of getting at the least one dose prior to 2 weeks earlier than the present.

If their first dose is lower than two weeks beforehand they need to additionally present a unfavorable check consequence. Additionally, kids must be accompanied by a vaccinated grownup to be able to enter the present.

The West End additionally canceled a number of performances after an outbreak of COVID-19 infections in London from the Omicron variant. Some of the reveals that canceled performances included Hamilton, The Lion King and Matilda the Musical.

London additionally added new restrictions for viewers members. People now have to supply a unfavorable COVID-19 check to enter or present that they are totally vaccinated. The present Cabaret took it a step additional by requiring everybody to have a unfavorable covid check, no matter their vaccination standing.

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Broadway canceled performances in 5 out of their 32 reveals on Wednesday as a consequence of a COVID outbreak amongst performers. People present their COVID-19 vaccination playing cards on the reopening night time of “The Lion King” on the Minskoff Theatre on September 14 in New York City.
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“At the end of the day, we’ll follow the science, and the science will say, ‘You need to shut down this performance,'” Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin instructed the Associated Press on Thursday. “We anticipated that because they were telling us all along that if more people didn’t get their shots, that new variants would arrive and new variants would have cases. And guess what? It’s called Omicron.”

“We still just had five of 32 shows with a canceled performance yesterday, which says the other 27 were working and the protocols work,” stated St. Martin, who famous that many reveals have every day workers testing.

“If somebody tests positive, even if it’s a false positive, they’re not allowed to go on and potentially infect everyone else. That should be a reason for safety and comfort, for not only the community, but our theatergoers.”

Mary McColl, government director of Actors’ Equity Association, which represents actors and stage managers, stated the cancellation of reveals meant that Broadway producers are taking circumstances severely and performing appropriately.

“The fact that performances are being paused shows that the producers and the unions are staying vigilant,” McColl stated in a press release. “That’s what the safety protocols are there to be in place for, and this shows that they’re working.”

During the greater than 18 months that Broadway was closed, many theaters adjusted, including rigorous private testing and putting in moveable air followers and air filters with MERV-13 or HEPA expertise. But outdated theaters are uniquely dangerous in the case of transmission, with slender backstage areas and workers that usually crowd. St. Martin stated a booster marketing campaign is being labored on.

It’s an enormous blow to the theater sector in each New York City and London, which have solely not too long ago reemerged after greater than a 12 months of lockdown and counts on the vacation season for an enormous chunk of their incomes.

Additional U.Okay. reveals Life of Pi, and Come from Away canceled a number of performances this week due to COVID-19 outbreaks. Others have gone additional: The National Theatre has pulled the plug on Hex and The Curious Incident of the Dog within the Night-Time for the following two weeks “due to company illness.”

The Donmar Warehouse has canceled performances of Force Majeure, about an avalanche and its penalties, till December 29 after a number of members of the corporate examined optimistic.

“It is sadly ironic that we must cancel performances of this brilliantly funny show titled Force Majeure because of a…force majeure event,” stated creative director Michael Longhurst.

Shows that stay open worry audiences will keep away after public well being authorities warned folks to chop again on socializing to assist gradual the unfold of Omicron.

And the Metropolitan Opera is requiring the viewers and staff to obtain COVID-19 booster pictures for entry beginning January 17. The firm stated anybody not but eligible to obtain a booster shot can be allowed a two-week grace interval after they develop into eligible.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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An indication indicating canceled performances of “Mrs. Doubtfire” as a consequence of COVID is displayed within the window of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on December 16 in New York City. Several reveals, together with “Hamilton” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” introduced canceled performances this week as a consequence of COVID breakthrough circumstances.
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