The Barn Theatre postpones performances of Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense to protect audiences

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester has postponed performances of Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense.

The venue has announced that they will be cancelling performances up to 29 June after a member of the show company received information that they had potentially been exposed to coronavirus whilst not at the theatre.

The production, which is co-produced by The Theatre Chipping Norton and the Barn Theatre, had planned to hold its gala night performance on Thursday evening (17 June). The co-production, a revival of the Olivier Award-winning comedy, had been rescheduled to kick-start their 2021 recovery season after being previously postponed due to the pandemic.

The theatre, which has had five successful indoor productions as well as an outdoor theatre festival without a single coronavirus case, has ensured that all protocols and guidelines have been strictly adhered to, with cast and crew members tested regularly for Covid.

The member of the show company has recently tested negative; however, the theatre will be postponing performances until they have received negative tests from the full show company.

A spokesperson for the theatre said: “The health and safety for the show company, our staff and our audiences remain the theatre’s utmost priority and although it is heart-breaking after such a devastating year for our industry to have to cancel performances, the safety of all those involved with our theatre must always come first.”

They added: “Performances up to and including the 29th June are now cancelled in order to allow members of our show company to complete their self-isolation period, as directed by NHS Test & Trace. We plan to resume performances on Wednesday 30th June.

“The Barn Theatre will be contacting all audience members regarding their tickets and politely ask that you wait to hear from us.”

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