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Update on Coronavirus

Following the UK Government's advice regarding social gatherings, we are sorry to confirm that a number of our performances have now been cancelled in the coming months.

All performances in Southampton, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, Plymouth, Norwich and Birmingham are cancelled for Spring Season. Our last appearance at the 2019/2020 International Concert Series at St David's Hall in April has also been cancelled while WNO Youth Opera's latest production, The Black Spider, at Memo Arts Centre, Barry and our Family Concert in Plymouth have been postponed.

It is with regret that we will also cancel events during Summer Season. We understand this will be of great disappointment, but current events have made it impossible for WNO to prepare, rehearse and stage these productions.

The Barber of Seville at Wales Millennium Centre is postponed, but will return for three further performances in September and October 2020. Unfortunately all performances of The Nightingale and Bluebeard’s Castle double bill are cancelled at the Centre, as is the Sunday matinee performance of The Nightingale and our free Explore Opera Day. As a result the two double bill performances in July of The Nightingale and Bluebeard’s Castle are cancelled at the Royal Opera House, London.

The tour of Cosi fan tutte has been cancelled as well as WNO Orchestra’s Summer Concert tour while Beyond the Rainbow has been postponed.

In Autumn 2020 we have decided to postpone the premiere of Will Todd’s new opera Migrations that was due to open in Cardiff in October prior to performances in Plymouth, Bristol, Birmingham, Llandudno and Southampton.

Commissioned to coincide with the sailing of The Mayflower 400 years ago, Migrations interweaves six stories, by writers from diverse backgrounds, exploring the theme of migration through the eyes of different characters experiencing migration in very different ways. We remain absolutely committed to Migrations, and want to ensure that we give this important new commission the preparation and rehearsal it deserves and needs. 

Venues will be in contact with ticket bookers in due course. Please be aware that they are currently working through a large number of cancellations and rescheduled performances in chronological order, as the situation with Covid-19 has affected their entire spring programme. It would therefore be appreciated if you did not try to contact them directly in the meantime, in order to help them to process all customer refunds and exchanged as efficiently as possible at this difficult time.

We will continue to update this webpage on a regular basis during this fast-moving situation. Thank you for your understanding.

For further information from our venues please click on the venue below.

Mayflower Theatre Southampton
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Milton Keynes Theatre
Theatre Royal Plymouth
Norwich Theatre Royal
Birmingham Hippodrome
Memo Arts Centre
St David's Hall
Wales Millennium Centre
Royal Opera House
Taliesin Arts Centre
The Riverfront
Octagon Theatre, Yeovil
Theatr Clwyd
Theatr Brycheiniog
Theatre Royal, Winchester
Birmingham Repertory Theatre
The Courtyard, Hereford
Torch Theatre
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Pontio
Oxford Playhouse

Updated on 20 May