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Coronavirus: Surrey theatres close their doors

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Coronavirus: Surrey theatres close their doors

Published at 7:40am 17th March 2020. (Updated at 12:43pm 17th March 2020)

Local theatres have closed their doors in response to the government's latest advice on social distancing.

Yesterday Boris Johnson announced that the public were urged to avoid theatres, clubs, pubs and restaurants as part of moves to control the spread of Covid-19.

All events and performances at at G Live in Guildford are suspended.

Last night the comedian and actor Rob Brydon called off his show there,  saying on twitter, "Let's all stay safe."

G Live has issued the following statement on its website:

"In response to the Prime Minister’s statement advising that people should avoid non-essential contact with others; all events and shows from Tuesday 17 March 2020 in our venue are suspended.

"We appreciate this will be disappointing news, but hope customers will understand the unprecedented nature of the current circumstances.  Ultimately the health and wellbeing of all is the most important consideration at this time. 

"We will be posting further statements over the coming days about the status of forthcoming shows.  Where performances do not proceed we will make contact with customers at the appropriate time to advise on the next steps.

"We would ask all customers to refrain from contacting the Box Office unless absolutely necessary to do so.  Please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to understand the implications and to put appropriate steps in place. 

"Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time."

The New Victoria theatre in Woking has also suspended shows.

A statement by Mark Cornell, Group CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group, which runs the theatre, says they believe it is "the correct decision to make:"

"In response to the Prime Minister’s statement this evening, advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, including in theatres, we regret to inform you that shows in all Ambassador Theatre Group UK venues are temporarily suspended with immediate effect. 

"We understand that this decision comes as a disappointment, and a massive inconvenience for those of you already on the way to a venue this evening, but ultimately we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities, and we believe this is the correct decision to make. 

"Given the current ambiguity and lack of clarity as to how long our theatres may be closed for, we hope to provide you with an update within the next 48 hours regarding the exchange of tickets. We will be consulting with industry bodies including the Society of London Theatre and UK Theatre and the government over the immediate future. 

"For now, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and support of producers, artists, partners and customers over this difficult period." 

The Yvonne Arnaud in Guildford cancelled its performance of Lady Chatterley's Lover last night. It has since suspended all shows

A statement on its website says it is with immediate effect:

"Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday evening, advising the UK public to avoid unnecessary social contact, including in theatres, we regret to inform you that our upcoming shows are temporarily suspended with immediate effect.

"We understand that this decision will come as a disappointment to our customers, but ultimately, we all want the same thing: the health and safety of our communities, and we believe this is the correct decision to make.

"Given the current ambiguity and lack of clarity as to how long our theatres may be closed for, we hope to provide you with an update within the next 48 hours regarding the exchange of tickets. We will be consulting with industry bodies such as UK Theatre and the government over the immediate future.

"Please bear with us while we work everything out, and ask that you refrain from contacting the Box Office during this busy time, we will be in contact with affected customers as quickly as we can.

"For now, we would like to thank you for your understanding and patience, and to recognise the incredible efforts and support of producers, artists, partners and customers over this difficult period".

The Guildford School of Acting has tweeted it is closing its performance venues.

Find advice and information on Covid-19 here.