Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
10:04 AM 22nd March 2020

Leeds Playhouse Closes

The following is a statement issued by Leeds Playhouse.

Following the Government’s instructions this week, Leeds Playhouse has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone productions which were scheduled to begin before 9 May. This includes the postponement of the Playhouse and Opera North’s co-production of A Little Night Music, which was due to begin rehearsing this Monday, and to open on 9 May.

The Playhouse buildings will be closed to the public from Monday 23 March for the foreseeable future. It has also paused all Creative Engagement and Furnace (Artist Development) sessions and is working hard to remain connected with and supportive of its members.

Joint Chief Executives James Brining and Robin Hawkes said:
“Our priority is – and always will be – the health and wellbeing of our staff, participants, audiences, artists and supporters. We would like to reassure you that we are working hard to ensure that everyone involved with the Playhouse, in whatever capacity, feels informed and supported at this very difficult time.

“We are incredibly lucky that the Playhouse community is full of resourceful, supportive and imaginative people – people who will work tirelessly. We remain determined, to safeguard the future of the Playhouse so we can continue to support the communities of the Leeds City Region and beyond, keeping us all connected.”

Audience members with tickets for productions up to 9 May and for A Little Night Music are currently being contacted to discuss either a refund, credit or making a donation to the Playhouse, which is a registered charity (No. 255460).

“When this is all over, people will need their theatre; they will need to come together, to experience something joyful and to reclaim this wonderful building,” Brining and Hawkes continued. “We want to come out the other side stronger and more resilient than ever.

“Finally, we thank everyone for their kind messages of support. They are invaluable at this challenging time, propelling us forward and keeping us focussed on getting back to producing theatre, supporting artists and enhancing communities across this tremendous city and wider region. Stay safe and well.”