York Grand Opera House suspends all shows with immediate effect

The Grand Opera House, York. Photograph: YorkMix

Given the Prime Minister’s express mention of theatres as places that people should avoid, it will come as no surprise that the Grand Opera House in York is suspending all shows with immediate effect.

Its parent company Ambassador Theatre Group UK says all its venues are temporarily closing to the public.

In a statement tonight, it said:

  • We understand that this decision comes as a disappointment, and a massive inconvenience for those of you already on the way to a venue this evening, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities, and we believe this is the correct decision to make.

    Given the current ambiguity and lack of clarity as to how long our theatres may be closed for, we hope to provide you with an update within the next 48 hours regarding the exchange of tickets.

    We will be consulting with industry bodies including the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre and the government over the immediate future.