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Lincoln Performing Arts Centre & COVID 19 Temporary Suspension of Activities

Posted by Laura Swain, 17th March 2020, 15:54pm

Following the UK Government announcement on Monday 16 March 2020 to step up measures to fight the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, reinforced by guidance from Arts Council England and UK Theatre/the Society of London Theatre, we have taken the decision to temporarily suspend Lincoln Performing Arts Centre’s programme of events and activities from today, Tuesday 17 March 2020.
 
We take the health and safety of our audiences, staff, freelance colleagues and partners very seriously and will continue to follow advice from UK Government as it is issued.
 
At this stage, we do not know how long the suspension of our programme will last. However, the rest of our published season up to and including Sunday 7 June will be postponed or cancelled; events after this date are currently going ahead on a case by case basis. During this time our Box Office, cafe bar, studios and FOH areas will also be closed for public access.
 
If you have already booked a ticket for performance or workshop coming up in the next few months, our box office staff will be getting in contact with you in due course.  Due to the volume of communication we are asking customers not to contact the Box Office unless your query is urgent. Please bear with us as we do our best to process things as quickly as possible. We ask for your patience and understanding at this time.
 
We would like to thank our audiences for the kind words that we have already received; as part of a charitable organisation we depend on that support. As with many areas of our economy, there are real viability issues for the arts as a result of the Coronavirus and we want to ensure we can continue to create and present the work you love when we open to the public again.  If you feel able to do so, we are asking audiences who have purchased tickets with us to consider opting for the ticket value to be credited to your account to spend in the future, rather than refunded.  Some of our patrons have even taken the kind decision to donate the value of their tickets to us.  
 
If you are in a position to donate your pre-paid ticket back to us as a gesture of financial support, we would be hugely appreciative. However, our situation is not unique, and we appreciate that Coronavirus will impact on many areas of the economy, and so refunds will, of course, be available without question.
 
Your support means everything to us, and we ask that everyone in our community support one another as we pass through this troubling situation.
 
Now more than ever, arts and culture can lift our spirits, brighten our days and support our mental health. So whilst our live events are suspended, we will be sharing some ideas for how we can still enjoy creativity together online. 
 
We look forward to welcoming you all back to our venue, in happier times, once this is behind us all, and to bringing you more great theatre at the heart of our city.