WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE

Wales Millennium Centre are closed until further notice. They are responding to the advice provided by the UK Government. The safety of their workers and audiences is of paramount importance in making this decision. They are currently working through the ramifications of this decision.

The simple question is – The show I’ve booked to see has been cancelled, will I receive a refund?

Yes – you will be entitled to a full refund. This will be processed automatically. You do not need to get in contact with them.

Mat Milsom is the Managing Director of the WMC and issued this statement……

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It is with great regret that we have closed Wales Millennium Centre until further notice, following the UK Government advice given on Monday 16 March.

We hope you will agree that it is the right decision to put the safety of our staff, artists, volunteers and audiences first. This is a sad and uncertain time for all of us.

The implications of this situation will be hard to manage and long-lasting. Our role is to be a home for the performing arts for our nation and we will be doing everything we can to support our staff and volunteers, artists and freelancers through this difficult situation. We are currently working on a way to support the talented and hardworking individuals who provide us with the joy that the performing arts bring. We want to be ready to bring back the uplifting performances and life-enhancing learning opportunities so many people value, as soon as is possible.

However, we are a charity. While we are grateful for the government funding we receive, more than 85% of our revenues come from ticket sales. So times ahead will be tough. We use all our profits to provide jobs for artists, opportunities for young people to learn about and work in the performing arts, and for communities to access, participate in, and celebrate the arts. If you wish to support the work we do, your help would be enormously appreciated. You can donate here.

We are currently contacting all ticket holders with details of shows that have been postponed or cancelled to make refunds as required. Please bear with us whilst we work through this process.

The best sources of up-to-date information will now be our website and social media channels, which will be updated as and when further information emerges.

We wish the best to everyone in our community. Please stay safe and we will look forward to welcoming you back to Wales Millennium Centre in the near future.

St DAVIDS HALL & NEW THEATRE – CARDIFF

St David’s Hall is closed to the public until further notice with immediate effect as they are adhering to advice provided by the UK Government. The safety of patrons, staff and artists are of utmost importance.

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A lot of dates have already been rescheduled as you can see below……

The New Theatre has closed with immediate effect until further notice. Again, they are responding to the advice provided by the UK Government following the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus. The safety of staff, volunteers and our audiences is of paramount importance in making this decision.

Odeon, Cineworld and Picturehouse Cinemas have closed all their UK screens amid the coronavirus pandemic. The move comes after Boris Johnson advised people to avoid public venues.

Cinema UK, the body which represents the industry, said………

“most UK cinema sites” would close in the coming days following the government advice.”

Theatres in the West End of London and right here in Wales have already closed, and many concerts have been called off, although some are still going ahead, for now..

Odeon has over 120 cinemas, Cineworld has 100, and also runs 24 Picturehouse venues.

Even before todays decisions were made, movie were staying away, with box office takings down 50% between Friday and Sunday compared with the previous weekend.

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A spokesperson for the Odeon Group said……..

“In line with the latest government guidance on Covid-19, we are temporarily closing our cinemas. We will continue to monitor the situation and look forward to welcoming back guests as soon possible.”

Mooky Greidinger is the Group Chief Executive for Cineworld………..

“At Cineworld and Picturehouse we are committed to providing safe and healthy environments for our employees and guests and have therefore made the difficult decision to close our cinemas in UK and Ireland until further notice. We deeply value our cinema-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving everyone again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters and the best of independent films and content.”

Even if we could all trot off to the movies there are fewer new films available with most of the schedule being put back. Many of the biggest releases, such as James Bond’s No Time To Die and the new Fast and Furious 9, have already been put back. We have heard that it could be next year before we catch sight of Bond 25.

If you do like your fix of new movies then it isn’t all bad. Universal Pictures said it would it would make its films available at home, on the same day as the films’ scheduled theatrical releases. The first will be Trolls World Tour in April.

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They will also make films that are currently in cinemas available on-demand, as soon as this week. So expect films such as The Invisible Man and Emma to be amongst the first.

These closures are currently voluntary, which means Vue has not made any announcements, as yet. We’ll let you know if that changes.

Cinema UK added……..

“The priority now is to ensure that thousands working in the sector are helped during an exceptionally challenging period for them, and that UK cinema venues are supported during what, for many, represents an unprecedented challenge to their existence.”

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