FILE PHOTO: Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber arrives for the world premiere of the film “Cats” in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 16, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
July 19, 2021
By Lisa Giles-Keddie
(Reuters) -Musical theatre impresario Andrew Lloyd Webber on Monday cancelled the opening of his new London manufacturing of “Cinderella” and mentioned he had no concept when it will go forward, blaming “not possible situations” imposed by the British authorities.
Lloyd Webber mentioned one individual within the forged had examined constructive for coronavirus, however the guidelines round quarantine and isolation for the rest of the actors – all testing destructive – meant the present couldn’t open as deliberate on Tuesday.
“I’ve been compelled to take the heart-breaking resolution to not open my ‘Cinderella’,” Lloyd Webber mentioned in an announcement.
“The not possible situations created by the blunt instrument that’s the authorities’s isolation steering imply that we can’t proceed,” he added.
The trendy twist on “Cinderella” was a high-profile new musical following the closure of theatres for nearly 18 months due to the pandemic.
Lloyd Webber mentioned he had no concept when “Cinderella” may go forward. “I can’t reply,” the composer advised journalists. “We are going to open right here, however who is aware of? 2084?”
Lloyd Webber, the creator of hit exhibits together with “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera,” is among the most influential and profitable figures within the theatre world and had been a key voice urging help for theatre through the pandemic.
With music by Lloyd Webber and a narrative by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell, “Cinderella” had already suffered a number of delays resulting from altering restrictions ordered by the British authorities round quarantine, social distancing, and capability in indoor leisure venues.
“Theatre is now on its knees,” Lloyd Webber mentioned. “We will’t isolate each time someone could or could not have it.”
The federal government on Monday ended https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/pm-johnson-pleads-caution-freedom-day-arrives-england-2021-07-18 over a yr of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in England however the so-called Freedom Day was marred by surging infections, warnings of grocery store shortages and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s personal compelled self-isolation.
“Freedom Day has become closure day,” Lloyd Webber mentioned in his assertion.
(Reporting by Lisa Keddie and Jill Serjeant, Modifying by Rosalba O’Brien and Cynthia Osterman)