Due to the ongoing global pandemic Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed the temporary cessation of all venue-based activities has been extended.
The stage is set to remain dark until the end of the summer, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has confirmed, due to the likelihood of ongoing social distancing measures being in force throughout the summer.
The venue had previously closed on 16 March for an initial twelve-week period in line with Government advice but as the pandemic has worsened the venue has extended this up until 31 August 2020. All visiting companies and community hirers have been informed and where possible rescheduled. The venue is currently in the process of contact audience members to arrange for a transfer of tickets or a refund. Some audience members have even chosen to donate the value of their tickets, which has been gratefully received.
In a statement Artistic Director Craig Morrow said: “The safety and health of all of our staff, visiting companies, artists, and audiences is of the utmost priority. Given the lack of guidance to the live events sector regarding what sort of measures should be in place after Lockdown ends we have decided to acknowledge the likelihood that restrictions will need to be in place beyond 7 June 2020, when we initially had planned to reopen.
Indeed, it was becoming increasingly difficult for our partners with shows beyond that date to plan for rehearsals and so it seems sensible to draw a line under the situation and start rescheduling for another date.”
In the meantime Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has begun to deliver some of its activities online, such as Youth Theatre and Lil’ PACS, its free under fives storytelling and craft sessions, as well as a number of online projects including Wellness Compass, a community guide to wellbeing.