Coronavirus: Rhodes Arts Complex in Bishop's Stortford to shut for at least a month
The prophetically titled Agatha Christie murder mystery And Then There Were None has heralded the closure of Rhodes Arts Complex for at least a month as a result of the coronavirus spread.
All stage performances and cinema screenings at the South Road venue in Bishop's Stortford have been called off until April 20 at the earliest.
The museum is also being shut, but the arts complex's studio and rooms will still be available for hire by dance and theatre schools and the like.
A production by Stortford amateur drama group Water Lane Theatre Company of the thriller And Then There Were None was due to open on Thursday (March 19) for three nights, with a Saturday matinee, but this has now been suspended until a date to be fixed in the autumn.
The 11-strong cast plus crew were told the news when they turned up for rehearsal on Tuesday.
A statement from Rhodes operations director Paula Rhodes said: "Following a meeting of Rhodes trustees it has been agreed that the auditorium will be closed for all theatrical and cinema performances up to and including the 19th April 2020.
"Tickets purchased for performances during this period will either be refunded or the performance rescheduled and customers will be contacted within the next 14 days.
"The Bishop's Stortford Museum will also remain closed up to and including the 19th April 2020.
"Spaces for hire remain available and regular classes will continue at the hirers' discretion.
"Our facilities and activities will be reviewed fortnightly and may be subject to change in the light of Government advice.
"During this difficult time we thank you for your understanding and patience, and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as possible."
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