Amongst the rising tide of news about closures due to the coronavirus pandemic, London’s Finborough Theatre has postponed two of its forthcoming fortieth-anniversary-year productions, which had been due to run from this month until the end of July.
The European premiere of Michael Melski‘s Canadian two-hander Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad, which was originally scheduled to run from 31 March to 25 April 2020, will now return next year, running from 2 to 27 February 2021. The Proud Haddock production is directed by Jimmy Walters.
The rediscovery of Irish playwright Hazel Ellis‘ 1938 play Women Without Men, which had been due to finally receive its UK premiere from 28 April to 23 May, more than 80 years after it was first staged in Dublin, will now return this summer, playing 11 August to 5 September 2020. The Early Bird production is directed by Laura Jayne Bateman.
All ticketholders for the two postponed productions will be refunded.
The Finborough’s current production of Not Quite Jerusalem is scheduled to complete its run, on 28 March 2020. The theatre aim to reopen on 26 May 2020 with the world premiere of Fraser Grace‘s Bliss, a British-Russian co-production, scheduled to run for three weeks until 13 June 2020.
Neil McPherson, artistic director of the Finborough, said:
“In close consultation with both companies, we have taken the decision to postpone our next two productions as a sensible precaution for the health and wellbeing of our audiences and all those who work with us. We hugely look forward to their new runs here in the future.”
The Finborough news adds to the cancellations of the London premiere of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre and the Power Share takeover as part of the Bunker Theatre’s farewell season, the early finish for Endgame starring Alan Cumming and Daniel Radcliffe at the Old Vic, and indefinite closures of the Arcola and Turbine Theatres in a fast-shrinking arts landscape.