Leicester theatre Curve has today announced that this year’s Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz has been postponed.
The theatre has made the decision, together with its partners at Really Useful Group, to postpone the Made at Curve production until Christmas 2021.
A statement, attributed to chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster was released today.
It said: “From casting to building sets and making hundreds of costumes, large-scale productions like The Wizard of Oz take months of preparation. As there is currently no certainty as to when Curve and the theatre industry can fully re-open, we are forced to make this decision now.
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“We know how much Christmas at Curve means to our audiences, with many people visiting our theatre for the first time and it’s hard to imagine Leicester without a festive show at Curve. Alongside audiences, our thoughts are with the hundreds of freelance actors, musicians, designers, prop makers and production staff who won’t be joining us on the road to Oz this year.”
The Wizard of Oz’s run has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 27, 2021 to Saturday, January 15, 2022.
All ticket holders will be contacted over the next few weeks and Curve asks all customers to wait to be contacted by one of the team. Automatic transfers to the 2021 dates and full refunds will be made available.
The statement continued: “Although we are devastated, if there is any chance we can get back in our building before the end of the year and create something for you this Christmas, we will do. It’s going to be a much longer journey to Oz than even Dorothy and her motley crew could have imagined, but it will be well worth it when we are all together at Curve once again.”