Following the Prime Minister's statement on 16 March, we have shut our doors until further notice. In doing so, we stand with all other UK theatres. The COVID-19 crisis is unique and we put the health of our audiences and artists first.
We have closed The Tempest, which had just opened and was due to play in Bath and Cambridge. The Mill at Sonning Theatre has closed Relatively Speaking, which was due to transfer after Easter. We have postponed the forthcoming productions of The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertude Stein and Orlando both of which were in pre-production. We hope to stage all four of these productions in the future.
If you are a ticket-holder for The Tempest, Relatively Speaking, The Marriage of Alice B Toklas by Gertrude Stein, or Orlando, we will contact you over the coming days. Please do not contact us directly about tickets, as our small box office is overwhelmed.
We are devastated for our audiences; for our freelance actors, stage managers, designers and directors; for our front of house, box office, maintenance and technical staff and volunteers. We do not know what level of staffing we can maintain during a prolonged closure. Our closure affects builders, hire companies, costumiers, rehearsal rooms, agencies, journalists, publishers, printers, graphic designers and more.
Theatres like ours - not in receipt of core funding but dependent on the box office income and subsidy attached to individual productions - are especially vulnerable. The period ahead will be very difficult. We will be taking stock over the coming days.
Many of you have been in touch asking if you can help us. We are a Registered Charity no. 1186940, and we would love to accept your kind offers. If you would like to make a donation, here's how to do it.
We send solidarity to all our friends across the theatre sector and to all those enduring hardship or illness. Working together, we will be back. Our revels now are suspended.