Theatre donates its food to homeless charity after closing due to coronavirus outbreak

The Curve Leicester is donating its food after closing as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Theatres across the UK went dark this week, halting all performances with immediate effect in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

With the sudden shutdown, the team at Curve Leicester were quick to donate the food from their cafe to a homeless charity.

Sharing a picture (above) of one of the runs for the charity on Instagram, they wrote: “Following the announcement that we will be closed to the general public this week, we are proud to be donating food from our Green Room Cafe to Leicester-based charity @action_homeless.

“The effects of Coronavirus are significant and will be particularly difficult for those in already vulnerable situations. We are pleased Team Curve is able to offer support.”

You can find out more about Action Homeless online here.

Meanwhile, the Curve Leicester has announced its doors will remain closed until at least May 4.

They said: “We are currently in conversation with the producers of shows programmed for this period with an aim of rescheduling as many performances as we can. Due to the temporary closure of our building, we have also made the difficult decision to postpone the production of our Made at Curve musical Roman Holiday until 2021.

“When we have finalised alternative dates for later in the year or 2021, all tickets will be automatically transferred and if not, full refunds will be honoured. We will be in touch with you as soon as we can.

“Our thoughts are with our Made at Curve production teams, freelance artists, audiences, musicians, Curve Young Company members, all of our affiliate companies, community groups, co-producers and actors, all of whom bring such joy and life into our building on a daily basis. We are missing you all very much at the moment and we will be looking at ways to connect and be creative online, over the coming weeks.”

The team went on to thank those who had shown their support, with many offering to donate the cost of their tickets to cancelled performances rather than ask for refunds.

They added: “The theatre industry is pulling together and through our shared efforts, we have no choice but to emerge from these challenging times stronger and more resilient than ever.

“We made a vow when the extent of this crisis became clear, that we will do whatever it takes to ensure the long-term survival of Curve and we will work harder than we have ever done before, to ensure our theatre remains open and can continue to serve all of our communities.”

You can find out more about Curve and show your support online here.

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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