Royal Albert Hall cancels performances of The Nutcracker until 2022 amid soaring Omicron cases

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The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House has also been postponed  (Tristram Kenton)
The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House has also been postponed (Tristram Kenton)

The Nutcracker at the Royal Albert Hall will be postponed until 2022 because of the risk caused by Omicron, the venue has announced.

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s performances of the classic had been due to take place from December 28 and December 31.

But now tickets will be rolled over to new dates in December 2022 amid ongoing Covid uncertainty — the second year running the show has been delayed.

Craig Hassall, the chief executive of the Royal Albert Hall, said “uncertainty” around the new variant had forced the postponements.

“Whilst further restrictions have not officially been imposed on our sector, we feel that it is too much of a risk to go ahead with performances post Christmas,” he said.

“We are so proud of our partnership with Birmingham Royal Ballet and this postponement weighs heavily on us both.

“We must always place the welfare and safety of our staff, artists, musicians and audiences at the forefront of any decisions we make and for this reason we sadly announce today the postponement of The Nutcracker until 2022.”

Carlos Acosta, director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “The whole company had been so looking forward to performing this amazing production, but it just feels like too big a risk while Omicron cases are rising so steeply.

“I really hope to welcome you back to the Hall next year and meanwhile I wish you a very peaceful Christmas.”

Performances at the Royal Opera House of The Nutcracker have also been cancelled.

A statement on the Royal Opera House’s website said: “Due to resource challenges caused by the Omicron Covid-19 variant, performances of The Nutcracker between Tuesday December 21, 2021 and Monday January 3, 2022 (inclusive) have been cancelled.

“Ticket bookers for all affected performances have been contacted by Box Office”.

The performing arts have been hard hit by Omicron with almost half of London’s major theatres cancelling shows last weekend due to soaring Covid-19 cases in the capital.

Hamilton, Matilda, Wicked, The Lion King, Cinderella, Cabaret and Come From Away were among the shows hit by cancellations as Omicron cases surged across the capital.

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