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Fire destroys entire set of London Classic Theatre's production of My Mother Said I Never Should

The fire happened on New Year's day

Connie Walker (Margaret), the 2018 cast of My Mother Said I Never Should
© Sheila Burnett

A fire in a self-storage unit at Purley Way in Croydon has destroyed the set, technical equipment, props and costumes of a production of My Mother Said I Never Should.

London Classic Theatre had its set stored in the units, 1,198 of which were destroyed in the fire. The company is determined to continue touring the production of Charlotte Keatley's play in 2019 and have already engaged new set builders, props and costume supervisors. The tour begins on 6 February at New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Michael Cabot, artistic director of the company, said today "Last week was understandably difficult for us. Losing all of our production resources in the fire was a huge shock. "

"We open the second leg of the My Mother Said I Never Should tour in four weeks, so time really has been of the essence. It's an ambitious production with a very intricate and detailed design, so to recreate the whole show from scratch is a huge challenge. "

"Fortunately, both our brilliant team and our insurers have been incredibly supportive and moved really quickly to help us get going again. This is undoubtedly a catastrophic event which has had profound consequences for many of those involved. Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the fire."