MALVERN Theatres has announced it has closed its doors for the first time in more than two decades to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
The announcement came following the statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday which advised people to avoid large gatherings and venues such as pubs and theatres.
The theatre said where possible shows were being rearranged and ticket-holders for cancelled shows would be contacted.
It added the online box office would operate as usual and credit notes or refunds were available over the telephone.
Ticket holders are encouraged, where possible, to consider exchanging their tickets for a future performance, or gifting the ticket as a donation to the theatre.
Only one per cent of the theatre’s running costs are publicly funded and they rely on ticket sales, among other things, to operate.
Chief Executive Nic Lloyd said: “The safety of our audiences, staff, actors, and performers, is of paramount importance to us and, in line with other organisations, we are temporarily closing our doors.
“This will be a difficult time, but we are well-prepared and will use this period to ensure that the theatre reopens with aplomb when the time comes.
“I’m certain that audiences will continue to support us as they always have done, for which we are very grateful.
“Malvern’s strength and community spirit is renowned and now, more than ever, we must pull together.
“I look forward to welcoming everyone back to the theatre once we are advised that it is safe to do so.”