Badapple Theatre Company, based in Green Hammerton near York, has announced it is postponing its tour of new work Elephant Rock due to “decline in audience confidence for travelling to events” following confirmation of Covid-19 as a global pandemic.
The tour was due to run from 16 April to 31 May and tour to 30 venues.
The theatre company is celebrating 21 years of success and this is playwright Kate Bramley’s 21st original script for the company.
Bramley said of the postponement:
These are unprecedented times and while the current advice is for events to continue as normal we are conscious this could change at any point.
The financial risk of the project for us and our partner venues has become prohibitive. Postponing now before our actors are in rehearsal is much less stressful for them as they can plan more effectively around their own families.
Of course, the health and safety of the team and our audiences always comes first so we understand people’s reluctance to book tickets for shows scheduled in April.
She said the company has already managed to rearrange most of the tour performances for September and October 2020 “so we look forward to seeing our audiences later in the year”.