Eddie Redmaynes Cabaret Cancels Performances Amid West End Closures Due to U.K. COVID Surge

Less than a month after opening, the West End production of “Cabaret” starring Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley has been forced to postpone at least two performances.

On Wednesday, the production canceled showings of its matinee and evening shows after a member of the backstage company tested positive for COVID-19.

“Despite extremely robust measures being in place, a member of the backstage company tested positive for COVID-19 this morning,” the production posted on Twitter. “In order to complete testing on the wider company, we are sorry to have to cancel tonight’s performance of ‘Cabaret at the Kit Club [sic]. Your point of purchase will be in touch very shortly with alternative options.

“We will provide an update on performances for the remainder of the week as quickly as we can. The safety of our audiences, cast and company is our priority and we are very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kit Kat Club very soon.”

It remains unclear whether Thursday’s performance will go ahead.

“Cabaret’s” cancellations come amid a surge in COVID-19 cases and the new Omicron variant in the U.K., with the highest number of cases on record since the start of the pandemic. This has led to a glut of theater performances being postponed or canceled, including “The Lion King” at the Lyceum theatre, “Hex” at the National Theatre and “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” at the Troubadour theater in Wembley.

Reps for Redmayne and “Cabaret” could not be reached by press time.

More to come.

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