COVID-19: TV and film productions suspended, theater performances canceled after coronavirus cases and “epidemic” chaos | Ents & Arts News
Despite the lifting of restrictions in England, a number of film, television and theater productions have been suspended due to positive COVID tests.
Filming the second season of Netflix Bridgerton appears injured for the second time in just over a week due to team members testing positive for Corona Virus, with the latest case halting production, the broadcasting giant confirmed to Sky News.
Netflix has not disclosed whether a member of the cast or crew has contracted the virus, but the person has been said to be self-isolating as directed. The announcer says the proactive test program
Filming for the Netflix movie version of Matilda The Musical has also been partially halted, Netflix confirmed, with someone in one of the production units contracting the virus.
In addition to Bridgerton and Matilda, Deadline also reports that HBO’s Game of thrones The occasional House Of The Dragon has been closed for two days due to a positive COVID-19 test.
Display, Starring the likes of Matt Smith And Olivia Cooke, it is reported, will resume production again on Wednesday, with the person who has tested positive, as well as their close contacts, isolated.
It has also proven to be a test time for theater productions, as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new show Cinderella has had to cancel shows this weekend due to the COVID-19 situation.
It just came a few days ago performance concert Monday evening, in conjunction with the lifting of restrictions.
Lord Lloyd Webber has been a major proponent of reopening theaters after restrictions were lifted this week.
The West End production of Hairspray, starring Michael Ball, remains closed at London’s Coliseum Theater after the outbreak, and its premiere is set to return on July 20.
In west London, production of The Browning Version with Kenneth Branagh at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith has been suspended, following an “increasing number of COVID-imposed absences” during rehearsals.
A statement from the production company said: “Despite all company members adhering to strict COVID protocols, more than two-thirds of company members’ limited training time has been stolen, some isolated, others actually sick.
“The first round was conducted with only four of the seven cast members able or allowed to perform. With a short term extension impossible due to limited availability of actors, delaying is impractical. So a very difficult decision has been made to cancel.”
Riverside Studios has also seen the cancellation of Mischief Movie Night In, an interactive impromptu comedy that is broadcast live around the world, after a cast member tested positive shortly before the show began Sunday.
From Monday, theaters and performance venues in England are able to open without any legal restrictions – but many have chosen to keep masks and social distancing in their halls.