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Coronavirus: Fringe theatres say the shows must go on!

Venues have no plans to pull shows this weekend

13 March, 2020 — By Natasha Drakakis

The Kiln in Kilburn is one of several theatres staying open for shows this weekend 

FRINGE theatres across Camden and Islington say they have no plans to cancel shows this weekend.

As Broadway went dark in New York due to the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, the New Journal called 15 box offices across the two boroughs today (Friday) and got a resounding ‘the show must go on’ response.

Fringe playhouses – which depend on box office to continue – are preparing for a drop in trade as fears of public places and group events grow.

The Kiln Theatre in Kilburn said: “We are actively monitoring and following advice from the government and will act accordingly if there are any changes issued. The health and safety of our staff and audience is paramount.”

The Tower Theatre Company said it also had no plans to pull its trilogy of plays about the Norman Conquests.  Joyce Terry, a publicist for the company, said: “We have a television interview planned for next week plus a radio…I’ve worked really hard for this show cause its going to be beautiful”.

Leonie Scott Matthews, from Pentameters in Hampstead, said they had no plans to call off performances because of the virus.

Several other box offices contacted had the same message.

 

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