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Curve calls off first week of Billy Elliot because of COVID

Published: 14 June 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

Leo Hollingsworth, Jaden Shentall-Lee, Alfie Napolitano and Samuel Newby who will share the role of Billy Elliot Credit: Marc Brenner

Leicester’s Curve has delayed the start of its production of Billy Elliot the Musical due to a number of cases of COVID-19 in the company.

Performances over five days have been cancelled and the show will now open on Wednesday 13 July. The run has been extended by a week and the final performance will now be on Saturday 20 August.

In a statement, Curve’s chief executive Chris Stafford and artistic director Nikolai Foster said valuable rehearsal time had been lost, so the first week of performances had been called off, “to allow us to make up time in the rehearsal room and ensure we deliver a first-class production for our audiences.

“We’re sorry for any inconvenience caused by this delay in opening. The Billy Elliot company is now fighting fit and we would like to thank them for their spirit and dedication to this production."

Press night will now be on Wednesday 20 July.