The UK and Ireland tour of The Phantom of the Opera tour has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, producers have announced.
Having opened at Leicester’s Curve Theatre at the beginning of March, subsequent dates in Manchester and Dublin were cancelled when theatres shut.
The tour was also due to play Birmingham, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton and Bradford.
A statement from producers said: "It is with great sadness that due to the current state of complete shutdown of the British theatre by the government because of Covid-19, Cameron Mackintosh and the Really Useful Group must announce that their new UK and Ireland tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which had only played its opening date prior to a 14 month tour, will not reopen.
"The great uncertainty around the duration of social distancing requirements and the perilous financial situation in which many regional theatres find themselves have conspired to make rerouting an entire major tour such as Phantom impossible for some time as so many existing tours are needing to reschedule."
The statement added: "While it is heartbreaking for us as producers as well as for our wonderful cast, orchestra and crew who had all worked so hard to create this truly spectacular but tragically short-lived reinvented staging of the original production, we are determined that the disappearance of the Phantom from the British regional stage will not be forever and that when theatre is back thrilling audiences again the ’Music of the Night’ will soar once more from the orchestra pit."
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