“Opera the Phantom” is the latest victim of the amateur coronavirus epidemic. After a 34-year run at the Herjesti Theater in London’s West End Theater district, the musical instrument of Richard Stilgo and Andrew Lloyd Webber will no longer be able to lift its screen, producer Cameron McIntosh said.
In a column for the UK’s Evening Standard newspaper on Monday, McIntosh wrote: “Andrew and I had to shut down London and the UK permanently for the production of The Phantom of Propane in Africa, but they are determined to return to London in the future. ”
However, Lloyd Weber seems more optimistic about the reopening, tweeting on Tuesday: “As far as I’m concerned the Phantom will be reopened as soon as possible” – ALW.
McIntosh writes that despite the U.S. government’s 1.9 billion art lifeline, “this assistance has not yet been implemented.”
On Tuesday, the U.S. government released an outline of how the Arts Council will distribute $ 1.14 billion of the Lifeline package, including if 47.3 million to support theaters, music and comedy venues and museums in England. Under this project, cultural recovery grants will be available in two phases in August and September. By March 31, 2021, the Arts Council England predicts that successful applicants will work to fully or partially reopen or to work on a sustainable, costly basis so that they are able to reopen at a later time.
For many theater owners, however, government support – which was only announced in early July – will not come soon enough.
As the epidemic hit, McIntosh was forced to close all eight properties in his West End, each of which ran into the entire house. He hopes to resume by Easter 2021, but noted that “if the government cannot support it, we will have to push for it to reopen next summer, causing even more terrible damage to both the theater industry and London’s economy.” I have already contributed more than 1 1 billion (1. 1.3 billion) in taxes. “
Macintosh also produced “Les Misrebles,” “Mary Poppins,” “Oliver!”, “Miss Saigon,” “Cat,” and “Hamilton.”