The Book of Mormon delays West End reopening to 2021
The hit musical is the latest show to cancel performances for the remainder of 2020 due to Covid-19 shutdown.
The Book of Mormon, the irreverent hit musical which is currently in its eighth year in the West End, has cancelled all performances for the remainder of 2020. The news comes despite the recent government announcement that indoor theatre performances would be greenlit from 1 August, with social distancing in place.
In a letter to bookers of the production, the producers stated that they had made “the very difficult decision to cancel performances to the 3 January 2021.”
As reported in The Stage newspaper, cast and crew of the production had been unaware of the cancellations, learning of the news via social media. This followed on from the previous-day’s announcement of Dear Evan Hansen’s cancellations through to the end of 2020, which again had caught cast members unawares.
These cancellations for The Book of Mormon and Dear Evan Hansen, both in Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, brings to a total of six the number of DMT Theatres not expected to return until 2021. Previously, Cameron Mackintosh had announced that his productions of Mary Poppins, Hamilton and Les Misérables, which occupy the Prince Edward, Victoria Palace and Sondheim Theatres respectively would not reopen this year. The West End transfer of To Kill a Mockingbird, scheduled to open in July 2020, is now due to open at the Gielgud Theatre in May 2021.
Of the remining DMT theatres, Leopoldstadt at the Wyndhams Theatre has made no official announcement of closure until 2021, although it is not currently taking bookings. Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre is currently booking for performances from September 2020.