Kenneth Branagh’s play canceled after ‘Covid-imposed absences’ | Stage
A large summer theatrical production, starring and directing Kenneth Brana Canceled due to an “increasing number of enforced absences imposed by Covid” during training.
Branagh was scheduled to be revived for The Browning Version by Terence Rattigan intti Riverside Studios In Hammersmith, London, next month to raise funds for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But a statement from the co-producers, Kenneth Branagh Theater Company and Fiery Angel, said: “Despite all company members adhering to strict Covid protocols, many company members have been robbed for more than two-thirds of their limited training time. Some are isolated, some in fact on Alright. 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 casting availability, the delay is impractical so the very difficult decision to cancel was made.”
An email from Riverside Studios to ticket holders stated that refunds would be processed this week and that despite the best efforts of all involved, “the production is no longer viable or can be successfully staged.” Kenneth Brana Stage The company will donate to Rady
In recent weeks, several theater performers have been forced to cancel shows due to cast members testing positive for Covid or going into isolation after being pressured by Covid tracing app.
Earlier this month, Home in Manchester announced the cancellation of a summer production of Alice in Wonderland at its new outdoor theater space, Homeland, citing “the current challenging environment, including the repercussions of Covid-19”, which affected the training process.