A theatre in Kent cancelled a performance of a play this week after a relative of two cast members tested positive for coronavirus.
The Gulbenkian Theatre, which is part of the University of Kent, was presenting a production from National Theatre Connections – the NT’s nationwide youth theatre project – on March 1 and 2.
A statement from the theatre said it had been informed, on March 1, that a family member of two cast members in the show had contracted coronavirus.
“As a result, they [the cast members] were advised to self-isolate. We sought the advice of Public Health England, and were advised that no further action was required.
“However, because of the inevitable concerns people may have, we took the decision to cancel the March 2 performance although we were not instructed to do so by Public Health England.”
The university stressed that the Gulbenkian and the rest of the university is operating as normal.
Earlier this week, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London announced it would be closing for up to two weeks after one of its staff members tested positive for coronavirus.
It said he had come into contact with a small number of students on campus last week, and that it would close for up to 14 days as a precaution and to allow time for a review of the situation.