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Oliver! cancels first two previews
Oliver!, cancels first two previews!
Cameron Mackintosh reluctantly has had to make the decision that the first performance of Oliver! will now be on Saturday 13 December at 7.30pm at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Consequently, the scheduled preview performances on Friday 12 December at 7.30pm and Saturday 13 December matinee at 2.30pm will not go ahead.
Cameron Mackintosh said today:
"Due to the complexity of the production and the need to safely rehearse 150 children with the adult company of 35 actors on a moving set, we have decided that we need extra rehearsal time and therefore, with great regret, I have decided to cancel the first two previews.
“Licensing regulations require us to have three teams of 50 children, many of whom are on stage for most of the show. Each scene has to be rehearsed three times and, as the set is very large and complicated, it is imperative that they are rehearsed in complete safety.
“I am terribly sorry for the disappointment this will cause, but my team are doing everything to reseat patrons into future performances as quickly as possible. In the meantime, we are working towards creating a fantastic show which will be the largest production of “OLIVER!” ever seen.”
Customers booked into these cancelled performances are advised to contact their original point of sale to arrange an exchange or refund.