The Birmingham Hippodrome has announced that it will continue to remain closed until November.
The impact of Covid-19 has been devastating for the theatre and live entertainment industries in the UK especially for charitable organisations like the Birmingham Hippodrome who do not receive any regular revenue subsidy with almost all of its income coming from the sales of tickets for productions.
And, as such, they currently have no revenue income.
The city’s leading theatre venue was set to stage some of the leading blockbuster productions including Sister Act, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and Hairspray, but will now, not be rescheduled until the reopening, which in turn is not due until November 2 at the earliest.
With it being closed since March means that it, like all other theatres, is out of pocket as their income is totally driven by ticket sales.
A statement on their website also said: “Almost all of our income from sales of tickets for our productions, so we currently have no revenue stream.
“We are working with the government bodies and other UK venues to explore ways we can reopen safely, but whilst social distancing measures are still in place, we must remain closed for the foreseeable future”.
The team are currently dealing with a high volume of bookings, and are asking all ticket holders to avoid contacting Birmingham Hippodrome directly to minimise their huge number of incoming enquires.