It has also been confirmed that the play will open on Broadway in October at the Barrymore Theatre.
During the lay-off of the production, the NT is taking the opportunity to offer free performances of the play for schools and young people from February. These will be performed by the cast from the Apollo in a rehearsal-room format with minimal settings and lighting. Further details will be announced shortly and updated regularly at curiousonstage.com.
In a press statement, Nick Starr, NT Executive Director, has commented, "We are grateful to Delfont Mackintosh Theatres for providing us with another home on Shaftesbury Avenue for the show, which has played to full houses at the Apollo since it transferred there last March. It will be a real wrench to leave that beautiful theatre, but sadly the closure of the gallery to enable its restoration means that the show no longer works economically there. We look forward to renewing our relationship with Nimax Theatres on another show in the future."
Nica Burns, CEO of Nimax Theatres, added, "This was and is a deeply upsetting incident for everyone. We are sorry to lose such a wonderful production and wish it well."
An encore screening of the National Theatre Live broadcast of the production, filmed during the play’s original run in the Cottesloe Theatre, will be shown in UK and international cinemas May 22, with further screenings in following weeks. Ticket-holders for performances at the Apollo Theatre will be contacted to offer a refund or a transfer of their bookings to the Gielgud Theatre. Tickets for the Gielgud will go on sale Jan. 17, with a week’s priority before that for those who have had bookings at the Apollo Theatre. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000 or 0844 482 5130, or visit www.curiousonstage.com