Opera North postpones productions at Nottingham Theatre Royal, including La Traviata and Jack The Ripper
Opera lovers will be disappointed to hear that Opera North has been forced to postpone its upcoming productions at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal.
All the opera company’s mainstage productions due to tour in the autumn and winter have been postponed, to be rescheduled over the next two years.
Due to be performed at the Theatre Royal in the autumn were La Traviata, Jack The Ripper and Bernstein Double Bill, whilst Carmen was scheduled for early 2021 but has also been put on hold.
Ticket holders will be contacted directly by Theatre Royal Nottingham to arrange refunds.
Opera North’s general director Richard Mantle commented: “We have continued to monitor the UK government’s advice on social gatherings and the guidelines applicable to performing companies, theatres and public venues.
“It is now evident that it is no longer possible for Opera North to produce, rehearse and tour these large-scale productions as originally planned.
“We have been in close discussion with our partner touring venues, and it is increasingly unlikely that any of these theatres can remain open to enable large scale productions to happen.
“While we are very disappointed to have to postpone these productions, the continued safety and wellbeing of our audience, performers and staff is our highest priority.
“We continue to work closely with our venues and colleagues within the theatre and music industry to see how we can rehearse and perform with safety, so that we can return to live performance of great opera and music as soon as possible.
“Rehearsals for our autumn season were due to begin later this month, with technical deadlines for designing and building sets, costumes and other production elements for the winter season also fast approaching.
“We do not believe it is prudent under current economic circumstances to continue production work on these titles for this year, given the unavoidable reduction in box office revenue and the uncertainty around theatres reopening.