A major summer theatrical production starring and directed by Kenneth Branagh has been canceled due to a “growing number of Covid-forced absences” during rehearsals.
Branagh’s takeover of The Browning Version of Terence Rattigan was due to take place at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, next month as a fundraiser for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. But a statement released by the co-producers, The Kenneth Branagh Theater Company and Fiery Angel, said: “Despite all members of the company following strict Covid protocols, several members of the company have been deprived of more than two-thirds of the time. of limited repetition. Some insulators, others really sick. The first try was done with only four of the seven cast members able or licensed to perform. With a short duration that cannot be extended due to the limited availability of the distribution, the delay is impractical. Therefore, the very difficult decision to cancel was taken.
An email from Riverside Studios to ticket holders said that refunds would be processed this week and that, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, “the production is no longer viable or can no longer be staged with success ”. The Kenneth Branagh Theater Company will donate to Rada.
In recent weeks, several theater productions have been forced to cancel performances due to cast members testing positive for Covid or isolated after being ‘pinged’ by the Covid tracking app.
Earlier this month, Home in Manchester announced the cancellation of a summer production of Alice in Wonderland at its new outdoor theater space, Homeground, citing “the current difficult environment, including implications of Covid-19 ”, which had impacted the rehearsal process.