The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-Lyme have closed their doors to the public from today.
This follows updates from Prime Minister Boris Johnson that theatres, pubs and restaurants should close for the safety of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The New Vic’s Box Office will remain open for bookings over the phone from Monday to Friday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Customers can also still book online, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at http://newvictheatre.org.uk.
Fiona Wallace, Managing Director of the New Vic said: “We find ourselves in exceptional circumstances. Following guidance from the government and UK Theatre, the industry body for theatre, after some consideration, we have taken the decision to reschedule a number of our programmed events.
“We want to ensure the safety of our artists, staff and audiences, and also deliver the quality of work we take pride in creating, and that our audiences expect from us.
“We will continue to closely monitor the situation and follow recommendations from the relevant authorities regarding our forthcoming programme.
“Many people are donating the cost of their tickets to the theatre’s fundraising campaign and this type of support is vital for the success of theatre. We are really grateful for the support theatregoers are showing for the New Vic and I extend my thanks to them.”
The latest performance update for the New Vic Theatre can be found here: http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/productions/performances-update-19-03-2020/.
The New Vic Theatre is not the only theatre in the area to be closing, the Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall also took to their Facebook to announce that they are suspending all performances at UK venues until Sunday, 26th April 2020.
Amber Roderick, a regular at the theatres in Stoke-on-Trent, said: “I think it’s such a shame that the theatres in Stoke are having to close. I go and see most shows at the Regent and at The New Vic and it is just the best day out or evening out and I think it’s going to be a proper culture shock to the area.
“It’s also going to be quite a shame for the actors and the directors and all the people that work at the theatres too. I’m definitely going to feel like I’m missing out on something now that I can’t go and watch the shows.”
For advice on what you should be doing during the COVID-19 pandemic, keep up with the government’s website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus or the World Health Organisation: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019.