London theatres cancel tonight’s performances in response to riots

Natalie Woolman

Tonight’s shows at London’s Landor, Arcola, Union and King’s Head Theatres have been cancelled, and Battersea Arts Centre is also closing early in response to the riots across London.

At the time of writing, no West End theatres were planning to close this evening.

Tonight’s performance of The Hired Man at the Landor has been cancelled and the pub the venue is situated in will also be closed this evening. The King’s Head Theatre in Islington has cancelled this evening’s performance of The Turn of the Screw and the Union Theatre has cancelled Dames at Sea tonight also.

A spokesman from the Arcola said: “Dalston Kingsland area is pretty much shut down and Arcola Theatre have decided to cancel this evenings performance of On the Record and African Gothic. We are in the process of contacting all who have booked to notify them.”

The Union Theatre tweeted: “Having to cancel tonight’s show, can’t risk anyone’s safety. Boarding up buildings around us. Feel gutted and sad and a bit scared too.”

Greenwich Playhouse has cancelled the opening night of Slay It With Music, which was scheduled for this evening.

BAC is closing at 4.30pm in order to allow staff to get home safely.

* If you have any further information about theatres that have been affected by the riots, please email

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