CORONAVIRUS: All UK venues closed on 16th March 2020 and there is currently no planned re-opening time though it will not be before 1st June 2020 and is most likely to be September (according to some West End producers).
Some shows have been cancelled, or closed early, but many are being rescheduled and we are trying to keep up with the changes - assume that anything posted for April and May is actually postponed or cancelled. Pantomimes are possible but a few venues and shows may not return and larger venues and tours are unlikely to re-appear before 2021 though we have some hope for some panto ....
Following the spectacular success of last yearâs production of Mrs Inchbaldâs sparkling comedy Wives as they Were, and Maids as they Are, her only tragedy is now given its premiÃ¨re European professional production, more than two hundred years after it was written. The play is inspired by the horrific events of the French Revolution and is a tragic exploration of war and of questions of justice, mercy or retribution in its aftermath. Felt to be too controversial to be staged in her own time, even its author accepted that - "from the time that I first undertook the foregoing scenes, I never flattered myself that they would be proper to appear on the stage. The subject is so horrid, that I thought it would shock, rather than give satisfaction, to an audience. Still, I found it so truly tragic in the essential springs of terror and pity, that I could not resist the impulse of adapting it to the stage." The play retains its power to this day and the tale of the family Tricastin and their tragic demise is as provocative and disturbing as it was when it was first suppressed - by its own author.