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Newcastle production of Chess falls victim to COVID-19 pandemic

The Very Popular Theatre Company has announced that its upcoming production of Chess The Musical will not be going ahead originally planned.

The production, which was to be staged at the Civic Theatre across three performances on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 Mach has been postponed until further notice.

The anticipated season was to star leading theatrical lights Silvie Paladino and David Harris along with a formidable local cast including Amy Vee, Mary Worrall and Marissa Saroca

“Under the direction of the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, The Very Popular Theatre Company will be postponing its upcoming season of Chess The Musical at Civic Theatre Newcastle in support of the health and well-being of the theatregoing public as well as those involved in the production,” the company said in a statement posted to social media on Friday afternoon.

“We are working to reschedule performances at a later date and the Very Popular Theatre Company will be in touch with ticket holders as soon as new production dates have been set.

“Thank you everyone who continues to support the arts in Newcastle – we know you will keep looking after each other and we look forward to seeing you in the foyer soon.”

The announcement comes just hours after promoter Andrew McManus announced that the upcoming Under The Southern Stars Festival, slated to kick off at Foreshore Park on April 19 had also been postponed with a view to rescheduling in 2021.

This weekend’s Cinema Under The Stars event in King Edward Park has also been canceled.

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