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StageCon postponed until 2019

Organisers of the UK's first ever theatre convention have announced it won't be going ahead this year

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The organisers of the UK's first convention for theatre fans have announced they are postponing the event until 2019.

United Theatrical will take over full control of the event, which was originally due to run over the weekend of 3 and 4 November at Shoreditch Town Hall.

StageCon was announced in August this year, with stars including Carrie Hope Fletcher, Christina Bennington, Cameron Blakely, Samantha Bond, Sharon D Clarke, Sophie Evans, Cherrelle Skeete and Michael Xavier taking part. But reactions to the ticketing price highlighted the fact that the event was too expensive for some.

James Yeoburn, the UK general manager for StageCon said: "We have listened to the feedback received in the weeks since launching and recognise that ticket prices and lead time have prohibited many of the most loyal fans from being able to attend. It is important that we acknowledge that feedback, and work with our industry partners to make the requisite changes to allow for greater accessibility.

"We are sorry to not have the chance to share the exciting programme of events and performances developed for November, but look forward to presenting this with ample notice for next year. United Theatrical are delighted to be leading the StageCon that everybody has waited for, including us!"

In a statement, the organisers said they are keen to engage with people who have shared feedback over the initial announcement.

Yeoburn added: "StageCon is an event that offers a great opportunity for fans from across the UK and the rest of Europe to come together in London to celebrate the magic of theatre. All involved in the event continue to keep this community celebration at heart."

Some of the previously announced performers are now unavailable on 3 and 4 November, and the organisers have decided to take time to ensure audiences will benefit from a 'strong and varied' programme.

"It is imperative that StageCon reaches its full potential for the UK's theatre community, and we must prioritise that over all else," James said.

All ticket holders have been contacted and offered a refund or the option to transfer their ticket to next year's StageCon.

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