The Royal Court Theatre has halted all performances and rehearsals with immediate effect – as it pledges to “do all it can” to support the rest of the sector through the coronavirus outbreak.
A statement from the venue said: “We are in unprecedented times and have been listening to our colleagues and artists here and around the world.
“The exponential escalation of this public health emergency, and its impact on people’s lives and responsibilities, mean that the current conditions for the Royal Court Theatre’s core mission – creating theatre and inviting the public in to share in it – no longer seem viable.
“Therefore, in consultation with our staff, writers and current companies we have taken the difficult but ultimately inevitable decision to cease performances and rehearsals as of today.”
The theatre is also postponing its remaining spring work across the coming months, which it says it will remodel into its future programming.
It has said it will be in touch with ticket holders over the coming days.
The statement added: “The organisation will therefore continue to function towards a renewed and confident future in spite of the many challenges ahead.
“As a well-funded National Portfolio Organisation we acknowledge and welcome the support Arts Council England is providing to us but are concerned that many in the sector, both companies and individuals, will struggle to weather this crisis. We will do all we can to support and lobby for you.”