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Shows Cancelled at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Shows Cancelled at Scarborough Open Air Theatre

Published by Jon Burke at 12:02pm 9th April 2020.

This year's Summer season at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre has been cancelled, because of coronavirus.

Promoters, Cuffe and Taylor, have sent this statement:

"We are sad to announce the 2020 season at Scarborough Open Air Theatre will not go ahead.

We did not want to take this step but it was unavoidable. The health and safety of our fans, artists, staff and community will always be our top priority. 

Please rest assured that we will be back in 2021 with an amazing programme. 

We are working with our ticketing partners at the moment and they will be in touch very soon to process refunds. 

Finally, we would like to thank the staff at venue and Scarborough Council. Their support, assistance and partnership continues to be unwavering.

Peace, love, kindness and thanks. See you in 2021."


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There are 6 comments on this page.

JohnfromScarborough, on 9th April 2020 4:41pm
It would be good to have a follow up exercise setting out what the implications of this decision are for SBC finances. Indeed, was the Council even consulted before it was announced?
rtler171, on 9th April 2020 9:15pm
Ridiculous premature knee-jerk reaction. So many unanswered questions about this whole situation and absolutely no official communication that things need to be cancelled this far in advance. Anyone who claims they know what things will be like even a month from now is talking total nonsense as absolutely nobody has any idea. Not saying things will be fine - just that nobody knows.
Smokieno1, on 10th April 2020 7:50am
Whether SBC were consulted or not makes no difference. In case you haven’t noticed there is a UK wide lockdown in operation at present and nobody knows when this we’ll be lifted. The open air theatre has such a short season, and that combined with people not in work, maybe money’s tight, they’re not going to be buying tickets when it’s not even definite that the shows will be able to go ahead anyway...
JohnfromScarborough, on 11th April 2020 10:17am
Whatever the reason cancelling a whole summer season is a major decision. I think that the Council as owner of the site should state whether this decision by the operating company will have a direct net negative or positive impact on the borough's revenue budget.
Sue Mabbott, on 10th April 2020 9:26am
It is so important that we following isolation guidance. Even if lock down is lifted we will need to refrain from mass gatherings. The virus will not have gone away and until we are able to vaccinate people we will need to be strict to reduce the risk. I have been expecting this to be cancelled it’s the only sensible decision.
andyh, on 12th April 2020 11:10am
Does somebody know something we don't?? Each day discussions go on about when football will restart yet this event can't happen in 6 months time. As regards the excuse of other events being cancelled and rearranged, that's irrelevant as this event is booked and sold out.

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