London Explosions Cause Mass Theatre Cancellations

News   London Explosions Cause Mass Theatre Cancellations With London’s transport network having effectively ground to a halt after the explosions that hit buses and underground trains early on July 7, almost all West End theatre performances for that night have been canceled.
The West End's Palace Theatre is one of many who have canceled today's performances
The West End's Palace Theatre is one of many who have canceled today's performances Photo by Andrew Ku

"Unfortunately, it has proved too difficult in most cases to assemble casts, crews and theatre staffs," a spokesperson for the Society of London Theatre (SOLT) told Playbill.com. “However, we all hope that it will be business as usual tomorrow, although whether the Underground trains are running again by then will be key."

The status of all London shows as reported by SOLT, for the evening of July 7 (all matinees were canceled) is as follows:-
Mamma Mia (Prince of Wales) - performance canceled
Shakespeare’s Globe - performances canceled
Open Air Theatre - performances canceled (contact box office on July 8 for ticket exchanges)
Soho Theatre - performances canceled
Some Girls (Gielgud) - performance canceled (ticket exchange or refund offered)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (Playhouse) - performance canceled (ticket exchange offered)
Telstar (New Ambassadors) - performance canceled (ticket exchange offered)
The Home Place (Comedy) - performance canceled (ticket exchange offered)
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Palladium) - performance canceled
The Far Pavilions (Shaftesbury) - performance canceled
Billy Elliot – The Musical (Victoria Palace) - performance canceled
The Mousetrap (St.Martin’s) - performance canceled
Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others (Lyric Hammersmith) - performance canceled (the theatre will try and exchange all tickets for future performances)
The Genius of Ray Charles (Theatre Royal Haymarket) - performance canceled
Fame (Aldwych) - performance canceled
Saturday Night Fever (Victoria Apollo) - performance canceled
National Theatre – all performances and platforms canceled
Little Red Riding Hood (Almeida) - performance canceled (additional performance scheduled for Sunday, July 10)
tick, tick…boom! (Menier Chocolate Factory) - performance canceled (the theatre will try and exchange all tickets for future performances)
The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s) – performance canceled
Les Misérables (Queen’s) - performance canceled
Mary Poppins (Prince Edward) - performance canceled (ticket exchange or refund offered)
The Shaugraun (Albery) - performance canceled
The Countess (Criterion) - performance canceled
The Woman in White (Palace) - performance canceled
The Producers (Drury Lane) - performance canceled
The Lion King (Lyceum) - performance canceled
The Woman in Black (Fortune) - performance canceled
Guys and Dolls (Piccadilly) - performance canceled
Hedda Gabler (Duke of York’s) - performance canceled
As You Like It (Wyndham’s) - performance canceled
This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse) - performance canceled
Blood Brothers (Pheonix) – performance canceled
Chicago (Adelphi) – performance canceled

London was hit in the early hours of July 7 with a seemingly coordinated series of bombings at several subway stations and one double-decker bus. A police official told the New York Times that explosions had taken place at or around the subway stations at Edgware Road, King's Cross, Liverpool Street, Russell Square, Aldgate East and Moorgate. At least 40 people have been reported dead and more than 350 injured.

A terrorist group associated with Al Queda is claiming responsibility.

The attacks came one day after London learned it had won the right to host the 2012 Olympics. They also coincided with the annual meeting of the "G-8" group of industrialized nations in Gleneagles, Scotland. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said, "Just as it is reasonably clear that this is a terrorist attack or a series of terrorist attacks, it is also reasonably clear that it is designed and aimed to coincide with the opening of the G-8."

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