Due to the ongoing restrictions in theatres in the UK, the second longest-running West End Show, The Phantom of the Opera, which originally opened in 1986, is set to close permanently.
Producer Cameron Mackintosh said the show will not reopen at its London home, Her Majesty’s Theatre due to the financial impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak.
This came as a surprise for many theatregoers and musical theatre fans, as Cameron Mackintosh had announced that all his shows, including Phantom and Les Miserables will be returning in 2021.
Touring productions of the Andrew Lloyd Webber hit musical will also not continue.
Mackintosh, one of the world’s biggest theatre producers with hits such as Hamilton and Les Miserables to his name, revealed he wanted the show to come back in the future, but for now, it will stay off stages.