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July 29th, 2020
One of the first major West End casualties of COVID-19 has come. The long-running production of Phantom Of The Opera will shut its doors after over 30 years of being a staple in London's theatre scene. Cameron Mackintosh announced the devastating news yesterday, news which is sure to shock an already shaken arts community.
Although some producers, such as Sir ALW, have trialled socially distanced performances, these just don't seem to be a solution - economically or practically - for some of the bigger shows. And without being able to accommodate enough audience members to make a production financially viable, fears that Phantom is just the first of many aren't unfounded.
Phantom first opened in the West End in 1986, and has since spawned productions around the world. Although Mackintosh is sure that the show will return to London boards one day in the future, the West End will definitely mourn the loss of one of its most iconic originals, one that helped make the West End what it is today. Or rather, what it was pre-March 2020.
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