Update: Shows Cancelled Following Terror AttackDate: 7 July 2005
Following this morning’s terror attacks on the London Underground and buses - which have crippled the capital’s public transport network and caused police to issue an advisory against travelling in central London - all of this afternoon’s matinees and the vast majority of this evening’s performances have been cancelled.
In the West End, shows which usually have Thursday matinees, include: As You Like It, Billy Elliot, Elmina’s Kitchen, The Far Pavilions, Mary Poppins, The Rat Pack, Stomp, Telstar, This Is How It Goes and The Shaughraun.
As of 3.45pm, the majority of West End shows have also now confirmed cancellations of today’s evening performances, including: As You Like It, Billy Elliot, Blood Brothers, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Fame, Guys and Dolls, Hedda Gabler, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Saturday Night Fever, Some Girls, Stomp, Telstar, The Countess, The Far Pavilions, The Genius of Ray Charles, The Home Place, The Lion King, The Mousetrap, The Phantom of the Opera, The Philadelphia Story, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Shaughraun, The Woman in Black, The Woman in White, This Is How It Goes and We Will Rock You.
A spokesperson from Clear Channel Entertainment, which manages the Apollo Victoria, Lyceum and Dominion theatres, “Our plans for tomorrow onwards will be announced in due course." The Royal Court – where, ironically, the main house production, Talking to Terrorists, just opened this week - Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Opera House have also called off all of today’s performances. Many Off-West End and fringe venues have also shut for the evening; these include the Almeida, Lyric Hammersmith, Riverside Studios and the Bush Theatre amongst others.
As of 2.30pm, the National Theatre has confirmed that tonight’s performances of The UN Inspector in the Olivier and the Aristocrats in the Lyttelton as well as a Platform talk with playwright David Farr and the outdoors Watch This Space entertainments have been cancelled. However, in the Cottesloe, the Shell Connections youth festival performances will go ahead as scheduled. A spokeswoman explained that the young performers involved in Shell Connections are all staying within three minutes’ walk of the National and wished to proceed.
However, industry body the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) reports that it is highly likely that all performances will be cancelled. Theatregoers are advised to contact the appropriate venue box offices to obtain more detailed performance plans as well as information on refunds or exchanges.
- by Terri Paddock