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Nottingham Playhouse production of Choir Boy cancelled

A production of Choir Boy at Nottingham Playhouse has been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It was due to be staged in Nottingham from February 12-27 as part of a joint project with Theatre Royal Stratford East.

It would have been UK regional premiere of the recent Broadway hit, written by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney.

Nottingham Playhouse. Photo: David Baird (43884029)
Nottingham Playhouse. Photo: David Baird (43884029)

But Playhouse management have confirmed it will not be going ahead, because of the ongoing restrictions.

Adam Penford, artistic director at Nottingham Playhouse, said: “Due to the pandemic, we are sadly unable to produce Choir Boy this February.

"We were looking to staging Tarell Alvin McCraney's powerful and timely play, with our friends at Theatre Royal Stratford East, but with the current lockdown and rising cases, this sadly is no longer tenable.

"We will continue to find creative ways to engage our audience and work with artists over the coming weeks, following the success of our Unlocked festival and two Christmas productions."

The production followed the story of Pharus, a scholarship pupil at the prestigious Charles R Drew Prep School.

He isn't like other pupils. He’s outspoken, flamboyant and relentless in his pursuit of becoming the best choir leader in the school’s history. But with resentment brewing in his classmates and Pharus continuing to push the boundaries, can he stay true to himself within the confines of school life?

A poignant and arresting coming-of-age story, Choir Boy is an exploration of class, sexuality, race and the determination of a young man trying to find his voice.

Directed by Nancy Medina (Two Trains Running) the play is brought to life with a score of soaring gospel music.

All ticket holders will be contacted.

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