The stage production of Phantom of the Opera has been postponed to next year

Production of the Phantom of the Opera stage has been postponed until next year due to Covid outbreaks in Sydney and Melbourne

The upcoming production of The Phantom of the Opera has become the latest victim of the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak.

On Thursday it was announced that the iconic show had been postponed until next year, with both Sydney and Melbourne in the midst of lockdowns.

According to a press release, “Opera Australia is disappointed to announce the forced postponement of their production of The Phantom of the Opera.”

Closing curtain: The upcoming production of The Phantom of the Opera has become the latest victim of the current COVID-19 Delta outbreak

The show was set to open at the Sydney Opera House in September, before moving to Melbourne in November.

“The company has taken the incredibly difficult step of postponing both seasons due to the uncertainty created by the ongoing restrictions imposed by both the New South Wales and Victorian governments over the indefinite COVID-19 lockdowns,” read the media report.

Opera Australia acknowledged that while it was ‘disappointing’ to have to grant a postponement, the ‘health and safety of the community’ was of the utmost importance.

About before it started: Thursday it was announced that the iconic show had been postponed until next year, with both Sydney and Melbourne in the midst of lockdowns

About before it started: Thursday it was announced that the iconic show had been postponed until next year, with both Sydney and Melbourne in the midst of lockdowns

“This was a very difficult decision for OA and our partners to make, and it is certainly not taken lightly now that so many people will be affected,” Artistic Director Lyndon Terracini said in a statement.

“After making history at the box office at the Opera House, it was clear that Australians were very excited about this new production of the world’s most successful musical, and we had put together a fantastic cast of Australian performers, it’s heartbreaking to put it off.

Rest assured, we are working hard to secure dates for 2022 at both locations, which we will announce as soon as possible. We encourage everyone who can to hold on to their tickets for next year.’

Delayed: According to a media report, 'Opera Australia is disappointed to announce the forced postponement of their production of The Phantom of the Opera'

Delayed: According to a media report, ‘Opera Australia is disappointed to announce the forced postponement of their production of The Phantom of the Opera’

No dates have yet been confirmed for the rescheduled shows, with famed theater producer Cameron Mackintosh expressing his “huge disappointment” at the cancellations and “hope” for the future of the production.

“We sincerely hope that in the not-too-distant future we can confirm that production will open next year, by which time the roll-out of the vaccinations should be long completed and disruptions to the theater will be an unpleasant distant memory,” he said. added.

The current lockdown in Sydney has not only forced the cancellation of this year’s shows, but ‘has made it impossible for OA to continue its work in the wardrobe and set production workshops’.

Postponed: The show was set to open at the Sydney Opera House in September, before moving to Melbourne in November

Postponed: The show was set to open at the Sydney Opera House in September, before moving to Melbourne in November

It also means that rehearsals – which were supposed to start on July 26 – cannot go ahead as planned.

Governments for both Victoria and NSW have indicated that when indoor performances resume after lockdown there will be reduced audience capacity, which was deemed ‘financially unfeasible’ for The Phantom of the Opera.

Cardholders have been urged to keep their tickets for next year once restrictions ease, and new dates will be announced in due course.

Necessary: ​​Opera Australia acknowledged that while it was 'disappointing' to have to postpone, the 'health and safety of the community' was of the 'most important'

Necessary: ​​Opera Australia acknowledged that while it was ‘disappointing’ to have to postpone, the ‘health and safety of the community’ was of the ‘most important’

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