Afternoon Tickets. Since Queen Victoria first opened its doors, the Royal Albert Hall has been a jewel in the British cultural crown. “These aren’t normal times”: The historic London venue has closed its doors to protect artists, audiences and employees, despite warning of "hugely damaging" consequencesThe Royal Albert Hall in London has become the first UK arena to completely shut its doors as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.“In light of the Covid-19 pandemic and following advice from government, we have taken the decision with a heavy heart to close the Royal Albert Hall from midday today, Tuesday 17 March, to the public until further notice,” reads a statement from the historic 5,272-capacity venue, which was “The safety and security of our artists, audiences and staff is, ultimately, all that matters.“We’ve been here for the nation for almost 150 years in good times and bad. This event has passed. myWorld Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall. We’re digging into our reserves now.“The biggest risk is that we would close down. Calendar. Jess Gillam and Gerald Finley perfom at last year's Proms We need about 378 performances a year at about 85 per cent occupancy to deliver a regular year’s income to Royal Albert Hall.”The venue is in a “seriously desperate” situation and needs a swift return to normal capacity in order to stay afloat, Mr Hassall said.Describing the prospect as an “absolute tragedy for the nation”, he said: “We may have to close.“If we can’t make this work, we don't have a secret stash of money. Mr Hassall said suggestions that the Proms could be played to an empty hall and streamed online are impractical.Ensuring that ticket-holders remain two metres apart will require venues to drastically cut capacity while keeping bars and restaurants closed - a recipe for financial disaster, according to Craig Hassall, chief executive of the 150-year-old venue.“If Government says, ‘You can reopen but these are the guidelines’, we can’t reopen,” Mr Hassall told the Sunday Telegraph.“A night when we are not performing to 85-90 per cent [capacity] is a night when we’re not making money. If someone complains that it goes against the spirit of theatre, I just say, ‘We’ve got to do what we can do.’ It’s time to start thinking the unthinkable.”However, Sir Cameron Mackintosh has said social distancing makes staging musials in the West End all but impossible. Royal Albert Hall facing closure as social distancing rules put Proms in doubt Only 30 per cent of the historic venue's seat could be used under social distancing measures Select a date below and continue to book your tickets, or call the Royal Albert Hall box office on +44 (0)20 7070 4404. Only 30 per cent of the historic venue's seat could be used under social distancing measures Tourists thrill to museums and places of learning focused on the arts and sciences. Prices start from £18.50 plus booking fees. "Other cultural venues are weighing up whether or not they can stage events while adhering to social distancing.At the Royal Festival Hall, the two-metre rule would mean allowing only 800 people to sit in the 2,700-seat auditorium.
We have committed to pay our people through various closure scenarios, and any support you are able to give us would be enormously appreciated.”British prime minister Boris Johnson has been criticised for For now, however, the Royal Albert Hall is clear: in addition to closing the venue itself, its cafés, bars and restaurants are shut, its box office is closed, and its phone room will close tomorrow (18 March), with ticket holders contacted in “due course”.“Take care of yourselves, and we’ll see you again when this is over,” the statement concludes.Craig Hassall succeeds outgoing chief executive Chris Cotton after a record-breaking 2015, in which the hall achieved its highest-ever level of income per showThe London venue will celebrate its '60s role as a centre for hippies, beats and freaks with a new series of concerts, talks, film screenings and more"One of the most innovative jazz groups of recent decades" follow Dylan, Zeppelin, Hendrix and Suede in cutting a live LP at the world's busiest venueThe scheme, now in its second year, gives a team of young people the opportunity to curate their own mini-series of eventsNoble, artistic and commercial director of Britain's oldest arena, succeeds Martin Ingham as National Arenas Association chairIQ is the essential news resource for the international live music business.
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