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Coronavirus Kent: Maidstone-based Changeling Theatre cancels its summer tour until 2021

A theatre company which would have been celebrating its 20th annual summer tour has postponed in until next year.

The Maidstone-based Changeling Theatre was to have staged A Midsummer Night's Dream at castles, parks, gardens and beaches across Kent and beyond this summer.

Changeling Theatre's performance of The Winter's Tale was half of last summer's tour
Changeling Theatre's performance of The Winter's Tale was half of last summer's tour

But as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, managers have opted to postpone it until next summer.

They said in a statement: "This decision, as you will expect, is based on latest government advice and projections following the coronavirus outbreak. We are absolutely gutted to say the least. It was set to be our most ambitious production yet.

"You might be aware that this pandemic is hitting the theatre sector extremely hard, and Changeling will suffer significantly too. This decision, as painful as it is, ensures the health and safety of the wonderful actors and creatives we work with and you, our loyal audiences. It is also the only option that ensures the company can survive and continue into the future."

They added their thanks to venues, sponsors, staff and supporters for their hard work.

The Changeling Theatre's production will now be staged next year
The Changeling Theatre's production will now be staged next year

"We have been touring our own special brand of open-air theatre across the south east for 20 years now and it hurts us more than anything to miss this, our very special anniversary.

"But we shall return - you can’t keep a good Changeling down! We will be back in 2021 more ambitious, more creative, and more determined than ever to bring you wonderful people the very best A Midsummer Night’s Dream we can deliver. You deserve it."

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Flamboyant Changeling Theatre will be back next year
Flamboyant Changeling Theatre will be back next year


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