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Fire destroys touring show’s set, equipment and costumes

Kathryn Ritchie in My Mother Said I Never Should at Theatre Royal, Windsor. Photo: Sheila Burnett
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The entire set, costumes and technical equipment for a show by London Classic Theatre has been destroyed in a fire.

The touring company has less than a month to replace them before the second leg of the production’s tour begins on February 6.

All of the company’s equipment for My Mother Said I Never Should was destroyed as part of a fire that devastated the Shurgard self-storage unit in Croydon on December 31.

The set, technical equipment, props and costumes for the show were stored in one of 1,198 units that were demolished by the blaze, which was attended by more than 100 firefighters.

Artistic director Michael Cabot said new set builders and prop and costume supervisors had been engaged to work with the show’s designer and production managers to resurrect the items lost.

“Last week was understandably difficult for us. Losing all of our production resources in a fire was a huge shock,” he said.

“[My Mother Said I Never Should is] an ambitious production with a very intricate and detailed design, so to recreate the whole show from scratch is a huge challenge. Fortunately, both our brilliant team and our insurers have been incredibly supportive and moved really quickly to help us get going again,” Cabot said.

He added: “This is undoubtedly a catastrophic event that has had profound consequences for many of those involved. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire.”

The cause of the fire remains unknown. However, a statement from Shurgard said its building was fully compliant with all national building regulations and that it was working with the London Fire Brigade, police and insurers to identify the source.

London Classic Theatre’s My Mother Said I Never Should is due to begin on February 6 at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

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