CORONAVIRUS: Event venues including Lancaster Grand Theatre and Lancaster’s Dukes’ closing during coronavirus pandemic

The Dukes Lancaster and Lancaster Grand Theatre have both announced they are to close due to the current coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 3:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 19th March 2020, 2:41 pm
The Dukes in Lancaster.
The Dukes in Lancaster.

On their Facebook page The Dukes Lancaster said: “The health and well-being of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers is our main priority, and we have spent the past few weeks closely monitoring advice and updates from the UK Government and health organisations regarding coronavirus/COVID-19 and how it impacts organisations such as The Dukes.

“Therefore, in light of the Government’s briefing yesterday afternoon, we will close our doors to the public until at least March 30.

“As the situation is evolving on a daily basis, these plans may change. We will do our best to keep you informed about any developments to our position during this time.

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Grand Theatre, Lancaster.

“The Dukes is a registered charity, and we cannot deny that this period will be a challenge. However, like our friends, colleagues and creative partners across the industry, we will be doing our utmost to find the best solutions for the changes that will occur.

“We will try to reschedule as many performances and activities as we can, where possible. Our Box Office team will be contacting ticket-holders to discuss their bookings and our Creative Learning team will get in touch with all our participants and Youth Theatre Members. Please bear with us during this process.

“Our social media channels will also remain open and live, and we’d love to keep talking to you about theatre, film, comedy, and The Dukes during the coming days and weeks. We will also be posting further updates on our website.

“Your support, as always, is and will be greatly appreciated throughout, and we thank you for your patience during this unusual and unprecedented time. Please take care of yourselves and each other. We’ll see you soon.”

The Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal.

Lancaster Grand Theatre said on their Facebook page: “The management of Lancaster Footlights and the Grand Theatre regret to announce that due to the present coronavirus epidemic and following strongly worded public advice from H.M Government the Grand Theatre Lancaster will close in the interest of public health and safety with immediate effect and will remain closed until further notice.

“We will be contacting all our customers and rescheduling as many of our shows as possible.

“Please bear with us and wait for us to contact you if you have tickets for a show in the very near future.

“Our Box Office opening hours will remain but via telephone only 01524 64695 Monday – Saturday 10am – 3pm.

“Online booking will be available at www.lancastergrand.co.uk

“We deeply regret having to take this action but we want to act responsibly in the present emergency and ensure that we take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of our patrons.

“As you can imagine as a small unfunded theatre this is a huge blow, we also know the effect this has on all the shows coming in and our local suppliers.

“Take Care of each other and stay well.

“We will keep in touch through our Facebook page, telephone and e-mails.

“Thank you.”

Lancaster City Council who run Morecambe’s Platform venue, said that all events have been cancelled at The Platform until April 18 at the earliest and all ticket holders will be contacted for refunds.

Lancaster Arts who hold events at the university announced on their website: "In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lancaster Arts is postponing our upcoming public performances and events. We will be continuing our work and will update you as soon as possible. We will be making decisions on all of our events individually. "We are listening to expert advice, the mood of the people we work with and the wider public. Lancaster Arts will regularly review and update our position via our digital channels." Lancaster Arts will continue to support artists and freelance practitioners during this difficult time to help ensure the wider cultural ecology of the country emerges in a strong position from this global health crisis. " If you would like to support arts and culture through Lancaster Arts you can contact us at [email protected] – any financial donations, large or small, are gratefully received here. "We are now working from home, you will find us most easily through our digital channels in the upcoming months." We urge our audiences and everyone we work with to practice safeguarding and recommended hygiene procedures; stay safe and we’ll see you soon."

Brewery Arts centre in Kendal said on their website: “In light of Government announcements to avoid non-essential contact, the Brewery Arts Centre has taken the difficult decision to close our building to the public from today (March 17 2020) until at least March 29, 2020.

“If you have booked a ticket or are due to attend an event at the Brewery, our team will be contacting you directly over the next few days to reschedule or refund bookings.

“Should you wish to contact us during this time please email [email protected]“Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unprecedented situation, and very best wishes to everyone.”