Glyndebourne to delay start of 2020 Festival

Glyndebourne to delay start of 2020 Festival Photo: Sam Stephenson

COVID-19 is touching all of our lives and at this time our primary concern is the safety and well-being of our company members and our audiences, all part of the extended Glyndebourne family. We are also intent on securing Glyndebourne’s continuity and ensuring that we are here for everyone in the future. As a financially independent charity, our next steps must be carefully planned.

Glyndebourne to delay start of 2020 Festival

Following the Government’s strong advice at the beginning of last week to avoid public gatherings in spaces such as theatres, we took the very difficult decision to cancel all Festival performances until Tuesday 14 July. This has not been an easy decision to make, and we understand that these cancellations will come as hugely disappointing news to our audience members and company members.

To protect our company members further, as a precautionary measure, from Monday 23 March the Glyndebourne site is closed to all employees. The Box Office can be contacted at and via our live webchat.

Our hearts go out to all our artists and loyal seasonal staff – two-thirds of our total workforce – who face a particularly bleak situation: for them, these cancellations mean the loss of their livelihood.

We are offering affected ticket holders the opportunity to donate the value of their tickets, in full or in part (on which we will claim Gift Aid wherever possible). All donations will play a vital role in helping us to support these crucial members of our extended family and secure Glyndebourne’s long-term financial viability. If you are able and would like to help, even in a small way, please click here. Thank you.

Glyndebourne firmly believes that the world needs theatre and music more than ever in these difficult times. Providing it is safe to do so, we are committed to reopening Festival 2020 on 14 July, even if adaptations are required. Further information will be available as soon as possible. We are also looking at options for offering the Glyndebourne Festival experience in other formats during our closed period, whether that be via broadcast services or online platforms.

I know we are all very worried about the impact that COVID-19 is having on our loved ones and daily lives. All at Glyndebourne send you our very best wishes and look forward to sharing opera with you again soon.

Gus Christie
Executive Chairman

Last updated: 24 March 2020

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