Chester’s Storyhouse has postponed the opening of two in-house shows that were due to premiere in May, blaming “economic uncertainty” resulting from coronavirus.
The theatre is the second to cancel planned openings within 24 hours, with Andrew Lloyd Webber also announcing he will push back performances of his new Cinderella musical in the West End because of the “current global circumstances”.
Storyhouse has today confirmed that it will delay two productions, Brewster’s Millions and Antigone, until the autumn.
Disco musical Brewster’s Millions and a new version of Antigone by Holly McNish were both due to open in May, however actors and production teams for the two shows had not yet been recruited.
Chief executive Andrew Bentley stressed the move was financial rather than driven by health and safety.
He said: “Like all young producers we are susceptible to this situation. This is a big investment for us: we need to protect our position and plan carefully for every eventuality. These shows will absolutely go ahead but can wait until the autumn. Thankfully we are a very nimble company and well placed to respond to these kind of developments.”
Bentley said nothing else at the venue was affected by the move, adding: “Storyhouse enjoys tremendous support from our customers who are showing no signs of letting this current worry get in the way of a good night out, which means a lot to us.”