West End theaters will remain closed until June due to the coronavirus crisis.
“We are now cancelling all performances up until and including May 31, 2020, to help us process existing bookings whilst we wait for further clarity from the government in terms of when we will be able to reopen,” said SOLT (The Society of London Theatre) in a statement Monday morning. The theaters have been dark since Monday, March 16.
The organization has said theater box office and ticket agent teams are working through “very high number of ticket orders affected by the cancellations” and encouraged patience from ticket holders. Around 300,000 people attend West End theaters per week, said SOLT. Ticket holders can receive a refund to cancelled performances, however according to Broadway News, the group urged patrons to consider donating the cost of the ticket to help support the theater industry.
In a statement confirming cancellations, the theater operator noted, “We are so sorry that in these testing and difficult times, you are not able to enjoy the show you have booked for.”