Cancellations force Chiswick Playhouse to cut back on shows

Chiswick Playhouse has cut back on the number of performances of its shows after a deluge of cancellations following the prime minister’s announcement on the spread of the Omicron variant.

West End shows have also had to cancel performances owing to outbreaks of coronavirus among cast and crew. The Lion King at the Lyceum theatre cancelled shows on Tuesday and Wednesday, citing “Covid-enforced absences within our cast and crew”.

The Christmas period is crucial to theatres, generating about a third of their income, but rising case numbers and the spread of the Omicron variant have prompted a number of productions to shut temporarily.

At the opening of their latest show Songs by the Fire, owner / director of the Chiswick Playhouse Fred Perry thanked the community of Chiswick for supporting the little theatre through the pandemic so far. Last year he said, 450 people gave over £30,000 which kept the theatre alive. He is determined to keep the theatre going:

“This is where theatre starts and it matters. Small local theatres like this one are important to the local community and to emerging creatives: writers, producers, actors, directors”

There is still availability for December productions and events at Chiswick Playhouse, including Songs by the Fire, Santa’s Grotto, Flanders and Swann & Tom Lehrer, and Christmas comedy.

January shows are still planned to go ahead, and tickets are available to buy online as normal. See below for what’s still on:

Flanders and Swann – 16 December | 7.30pm

‘Come and see the gnu, the hippopotamus and poison some pigeons in the park. Join opera stars Graeme Danby and Valerie Reid, accompanied by Tim Jasper, as they take you on a journey through Flanders and Swann, and Tom Lehrer. A seasonal evening that will warm your heart!’

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/opera

Songs by the Fire – 20 and 23 December  | 8.00pm

‘With an all star cast of your favourite West End performers you are not going to want to miss out on a cozy Christmas evening of festive songs as well as musical theatre hits. You might even find yourself singing along at times!’

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/songsbythefire

Santa’s Grotto – 23 December 11.00am | 1.00pm | 3.00pm

‘We’re getting our chimney ready for a very special guest this Christmas, as Santa Claus is coming to the Chiswick Playhouse! Bring your little one along to hear Santa’s favourite story and meet the man himself. Tickets include a free present for each well-behaved child, and a glass of mulled wine for every naughty parent!’

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/fatherchristmas

Comedy – 30 December | 7.30pm

‘Fancy some Christmas cheer? Join us for a night that’ll have you saying Ho Ho Ho, thanks to our triple bill of fantastic comedians. Featuring Bella Hull (2019 Yellow Comedy Young Comedian of the Year), Naz Osmanoglu (Plebs, Live at the Electric, Drunk Histories) and headliner Luke Kempner (The Last Leg, Love Island Aftersun, ITV2’s Stand Up Sketch Show).’

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/hohohochristmasshow

January shows

Sophie, Ben and Other Problems – 4 – 8 January

‘Sophie and Ben love each other a lot, but sometimes, they make that a bit too difficult for themselves. Two twenty-somethings who are trying to find their way in the world, they guide us through their lives of low-key alcoholism, deeply rooted regret, and unfortunate sexual mishaps.

‘Join Sophie and Ben as they impart some words of wisdom on life, love, and modern day millennial relationships in a play that has been described by West-End Wilma as “quirky, wholesome, and desperately moving.”‘

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/sophiebenandotherproblems

Narcissus – 11 – 15 January

‘A young man reflects on a has-been, would-be life, a never-ending party, all faded in the flash of a camera. A life so glamorous, so beautiful, he may well have dreamed it.
‘A monologue play about beauty, love, sex and fame that will leave you heart-stopped, heart-wrenched and heart-broken.’

This work premiered at Dublin Fringe Festival. This production is supported by Culture Ireland.

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/narcissus

Al Murray returns to Chiswick – 20 – 21 January

‘Don’t miss your chance to catch Britain’s favourite pub philosopher, Al Murray – The Pub Landlord, as he tries out material ahead of his brand-new tour. This is a rare opportunity to catch one of Britain’s finest comedians as he polishes his legendary bar-room banter.  No room for half measures here.’

‘A national treasure’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘Delivers laughs by the barrel full’ – Evening Standard
‘Murray’s interaction with the crowd remains one of the wonders of the comedy world’ – The Times

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/almurray

Women of Pensionable Rage – 25 – 29 January 

‘From the overly illuminated Vegas of the North to the depths of the darkest Suburbia, three glorious women of Pensionable Rage are finally standing up and speaking out!

‘It’s time for Linda Godfrey to tell all about ‘that’ Panto season in Fleetwood, Julie Tate to remember a life changing day in 1999 and Miriam from number 14 to make peace with all those who ‘turned a blind eye’.’

Buy tickets here: chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/women-of-a-pensionable-age

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