Love's Labour's Postponed
This week's blog is a bit of a sad update, unfortunately.
Having left the decision as late as we felt we possibly could, whilst still allowing ourselves time to pull together the show and travel/accommodation arrangements last minute, over the weekend it was settled that this year's summer touring production of Love's Labour's Lost will be postponed until 2021.
We had suspended ticket sales at the outset of lockdown in the UK, until such a time we felt it was safe to reopen sales. Even with the current relaxing of the situation across the UK, theatres are facing uncertain futures. Whilst OTG, thankfully, look set to survive this time of turmoil, it will not be without sacrifice. The first of these major losses comes with the cancellation of our signature production for 2020, with work set to resume on this tour with a view to performances for 2021.
The good news is that we are already in discussions with all the same venues listed, in the hope that we can bring you the same tour, just a year later. It also means that, as a creative team, we have a whole other year to work on our creative vision and improve the show. All this means that, when our lovers finally do take to the stage, they will do so with a bang.
This is naturally disappointing news for all of us. The postponement of one show, however, paves the way for another. While we will be unable to travel to and perform in Ireland this year, we are also in discussions with our more local venues, looking at the possibility of some 'socially-distant theatre' as it were, coming around late August, assuming it is safe to do so.
There will be more updates on that potential production as discussions with venues develop, so keep an eye on this blog feed for further information. In the meantime, to borrow a phrase from the King of Navarre:
"Our court shall be a little academe, Still and contemplative in living art."
And while we busy ourselves with improvements for next year's Love's Labour's Lost, we've found we feel a little like the Princess and her ladies-in-waiting, at the end of the text (spoilers):
"If this austere insociable life Change not your offer made in heat of blood… Then, at the expiration of the year… I will be thine."