Andrew Lloyd Webber Delays ‘Cinderella’ Musical in West End

One day earlier than Andrew Lloyd Webber’s much-anticipated “Cinderella” musical was slated to open in London’s West End, and two days after a forged member examined optimistic for the coronavirus, the prolific composer and producer introduced on Monday that opening evening would but once more be delayed.

“I have been forced to take the heartbreaking decision not to open my Cinderella,” he mentioned in a Twitter assertion. “The impossible conditions created by the blunt instrument that is the Government’s isolation guidance mean that we cannot continue.”

Lloyd Webber’s announcement initially didn’t specify whether or not the manufacturing was closing for good or simply being postponed, although a spokeswoman for him later clarified that the present’s opening was delayed, not canceled, and that they hoped to open the present “soon, but it’s very difficult under the current conditions.”

The composer’s assertion was possible an try and attempt to pressure the British authorities to alter its guidelines on quarantine for actors and crew. Last month, he made newspaper entrance pages with feedback promising to open “Cinderella” at full capability “come hell or high water” — even when he confronted arrest for doing so. He shortly pulled again from the plan after studying his viewers, forged and crew risked fines for breaching British coronavirus guidelines.

With its story and ebook by the Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell (“Promising Young Woman”), the $eight.2 million musical had been set to star Carrie Hope Fletcher in the title function, and had been in previews at half capability on the Gillian Lynne Theater for a few month.

Lloyd Webber, 73, has been pressuring the federal government for greater than a yr to permit theaters to open at full capability. In an interview with The New York Times earlier this month, he mentioned protocols that required a present to cancel performances as a result of one member of the forged got here into contact with somebody who examined optimistic could possibly be the demise knell for a musical like “Cinderella.”

“The trouble is, we wouldn’t be able to carry on,” he mentioned. “We can’t carry on hemorrhaging money each week, because at 50 percent we do. It’s almost unthinkable, but there comes a time when you just have to hand in the towel.”

A surge of coronavirus instances in Britain, pushed by the Delta variant, has additionally been shuttering London’s different West End theaters after members of productions like “Hairspray” on the London Coliseum and “Romeo and Juliet” at Shakespeare’s Globe examined optimistic earlier this month. And London’s Riverside Studios introduced that “The Browning Version,” which had been set to open subsequent month starring Kenneth Branagh, has been canceled.

Despite an increase in instances that has pushed England’s every day common to 39,950 — roughly double the extent simply two weeks in the past — nearly all social distancing and masks necessities have been eliminated on Monday, prompting widespread “Freedom Day” celebrations.

But for these concerned with “Cinderella,” the information was grim.

“Cinderella was ready to go,” Lloyd Webber mentioned in the assertion. “My sadness for our cast and crew, our loyal audience and the industry I have been fighting for is impossible to put into words.”