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Friday 20 March 2020


20 March 2020 

Dear Friends and Supporters,

I am sorry to announce that Cambridge Arts Theatre is cancelling all performances until at least Sunday 3 May 2020 due to the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The shows affected are: An Inspector Calls, A Monster Calls, Million Dollar Quartet, The Cat and the Canary, The Glee Club and English Touring Opera’s Così fan tutte and Giulio Cesare

Whilst we hope to re-open in the week commencing Monday 4 May 2020, we are realistic about the current circumstances and intend to continue to follow Government advice. We will be monitoring the situation closely so please check our website and social media channels regularly for any further updates. 

We will be contacting all ticket holders for the cancelled shows to offer the option of a full refund. Please be patient whilst we do this as most of our staff are working remotely, do not phone the Box Office or any other numbers at the Theatre as they are not fully staffed and do not come to the Theatre as we are closed for the time being.

Cambridge Arts Theatre Trust is a registered theatrical charity that has existed since 1936 to serve you, our loyal supporters. We are totally reliant on ticket sales, bar takings, individual donations and sponsorship for our survival. We receive no statutory or civic funding to shield us from this crisis and this closure threatens our very existence. At the moment, our entire industry is closed and we have no real idea when we might reopen.

With this in mind, I would ask that you consider donating all, or part, of the price of your cancelled tickets to the Theatre. We will be able to claim supplementary Gift Aid from the Government on any donations we receive. Our staff will discuss these options with you when they get in touch. At the very least, I would ask that you consider converting the value of your tickets to a credit voucher for future shows.

I know times are hard for many of you, but can I also ask you to consider making a donation independently of any tickets you may currently have. Please email our Fundraising Department with your preferred contact details and they will be in touch as soon as they can. Alternatively, you can donate directly by visiting our Donation page. In the meantime please keep buying tickets for our shows after Sunday 3 May via our website.

These are sad times for our Country and our Theatre. Like all of us, I am reeling from the shocks that have hit us over recent weeks. Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we will be here for you when the threat from this dreadful virus recedes. I have been humbled by the strength and fortitude of our staff and I believe that, with your support, our combined resilience and determination means that we can come out of this crisis together and stronger. 

Our lights may be out for the time being but our hopes for the future remain undimmed.

Thank you, as ever, for your steadfast support and I hope to see you again very soon at Cambridge Arts Theatre.

With my best wishes,
Dave Murphy signed

Dave Murphy
Chief Executive
Cambridge Arts Theatre