The Lion King among West End shows cancelled due to Covid outbreaks

Several top West End shows have been forced to shut down due to outbreaks of Covid. 

The Lion King and Life of Pi productions are among the productions cancelled temporarily after several cast and crew members tested positive for Covid. 

Cases of the Omicron variant are continuing to rise with infections believed to have reached around 200,000 daily. 

It was announced that The Lion King at London’s Lyceum Theatre will not go ahead on Tuesday and Wednesday due to ‘Covid-enforced absences within our cast and crew’. Performances of the stage adaptation of the Disney classic are expected to resume on Thursday. 

Five shows of Life Of Pi, based on the Booker Prize-winning 2001 novel by Canadian author Yann Martel, have been scrapped at Wyndham’s Theatre but the production will return on Wednesday. 

Producers said there had been ‘several cases of Covid in the company’ despite ‘robust measures taken’.

Performances at the National Theatre of Hex, based on the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, are also cancelled until Thursday.

Elsewhere, the Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time is cancelled until Friday at the Troubadour Theatre in Wembley. 

They’re not the first shows to be affected by the Omicron strain as on Tuesday, Southwark Playhouse in London announced it was cancelling the remainder of its run of The Rhythmics, described as ‘Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty’, after having to postpone press night twice.

The show’s final performance took place on Saturday due to positive Covid-19 cases within the company and ‘the effect of subsequent isolation requirements on the viability of the show’. 

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Comedy Of Errors at the Barbican in London has also been halted, with the production hoping to restart on Thursday December 23 ahead of Christmas.

Other productions affected include Force Majeure at the Donmar Warehouse and Fair Play at the Bush Theatre.

The West End was among the worst-hit industries during lockdown with theatres unable to open. Postponed shows stemming as far back as 2020 only resumed recently.

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