As the theatre lockdown continues during the coronavirus crisis, the Barbican Centre has announced that its closure will continue until further notice, with all event taking place until 30 June 2020 now cancelled or postponed.
This will include the cancellation of the Open Air Theatre’s transfer of Evita, which had been due to run from 27 June to 22 August 2020. Jamie Lloyd’s award-winning revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical was a sell-out hit in Regent’s Park last summer.
In a statement, the Barbican said:
“To close our building was a poignant moment for us all. We exist to connect people, so we’re still coming to terms with what this means for us as an organisation, as a team, and as a place that welcomes visitors and artists from around the world. We’ll be back as soon as we can and are already looking forward to the moment we can reopen our doors.
“All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. We’re not sure how long we’re going to need to be closed so we’re taking things day by day, but we’ll be in touch as soon as we know more.”
The Open Air then issued a follow-up confirmation, emphasising that they hope to restage the production at some point in London. The Open Air has already postponed its planned 2020 musical premiere of 101 Dalmations until summer 2021.
— Open Air Theatre (@OpenAirTheatre) April 1, 2020