Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre has postponed its entire 2020 season until next year.
The London theatre had already confirmed that the first two shows of its season – 101 Dalmatians and Romeo and Juliet – would not take place this year due to the coronavirus closures, but would open its 2021 programme.
Now, it has also postponed all further planned productions, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and a line-up of screenings, music and comedy.
This means the outdoor venue will not open at all in 2020.
The 2021 season will begin on May 15, with 101 Dalmatians.
Artistic director Timothy Sheader said: "Whilst obviously unavoidable, it is incredibly sad that we are unable to open our theatre this summer for the first time since 1961. Our thoughts are with all those who were due to work with us this summer and our loyal audience. We are so grateful for the messages of support we have received over the past weeks and I am delighted that we have been able to reschedule all of our productions in 2021.
"We are a charity which receives no public subsidy and so ticket sales in the summer months provide the vast majority of our income. Through creative programming, shrewd financial management and the backing of an ambitious audience always up for the thrilling, yet unpredictable, nature of open air theatre, we have built a successful and resilient business which has allowed us to weather this loss of an entire season."
However, with a whole year until audiences are able to return, Sheader appealed for audiences to buy tickets for next year’s season in advance, make a donation or join the theatre’s membership scheme.