Andrew Lloyd-Webber gives a rousing performance. Cinderella offer from Boris Johnson: The live music industry reacts.
ANDREW LLOYD-WEBBER has openly refused Boris Johnson’s “arbitrary and unfair” government offer to assist him in the opening of his new musical Cinderella, claiming that theatre and theatrical fans are “undervalued and a last thought behind sports.” Since the beginning of next week, Cinderella has sold out all of her performances. So, what does this mean for ticket holders? READ HIS COMPLETE STATEMENT BELOW, AS WELL AS A NEW STATEMENT FROM THE LIVE MUSIC INDUSTRY.
The Prime Minister declared on Monday that the long-awaited full relaxation of restrictions would not take effect on June 21. There will be yet another postponement. On July 19, the final stage of easing prohibitions on public gatherings is expected to take place. Lloyd-Webber had already threatened to risk arrest if he didn’t get his new show off the ground at full capacity as soon as previews began on June 25. In response, Johnson suggested that Cinderella may be part of a test program that would allow selected live theater and sporting events to have more than 50% capacity. Lloyd-Webber released a lengthy and strongly written rebuttal this afternoon.
The whole statement can be found here. In it, the theater mogul declares that he would not join in any scheme unless all of his theaters are able to do so.
Lloyd-Webber criticizes the government’s continuous capacity measures as arbitrary, claiming that the current offer demonstrates that theatre has always been undervalued and treated as an afterthought.
He claims he would have been willing to go to jail and pay fines even if he had been arrested. However, he decided against it after learning that everyone involved in Cinderella would face the same consequences and prosecution.
Because the events are sold out yet the government only allows 50% attendance, all existing ticket holders will be called to make alternate arrangements.
Lloyd-latest Webber’s statement to the government drew a response from Greg Parmley, CEO of LIVE, the UK’s official representative organisation for the live music business.
“The live music industry has spent months engaging in and paying for test events so we can reopen at full capacity safely,” he told Express Online. These events were a big success, demonstrating, along with every other international pilot, that full capacity live events are safe with the correct mitigations. Despite this, the government has refused to release this information, forcing us to remain closed while attempting to hand-pick a small number of high-profile cases.”Brinkwire Summary News.”