School of Rock in Hull performances cancelled as Covid hits

Some Hull performances of School of Rock – The Musical have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

Members of the performing company have contracted coronavirus, which has “impacted technical rehearsals and the opening timeline”.

The show at Hull New Theatre will now open on Thursday September 9, two days later than previously planned.

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To “maintain the welfare of the cast and crew”, evening performances on September 13 and 14 and the 2.30pm matinee show on Thursday, September 16 will also not go ahead.

Children aged 9 to 13 perform in every show as the school band.

“Ticket holders for affected performances will be contacted in the coming days with information regarding their booking,” the show’s producers said in a statement.

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“We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding in these unprecedented times and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

“We would also like to reassure you that Hull New Theatre, in tandem with the producers of the show, are continuing to work together to ensure Covid-secure procedures are in place.”

The musical is an Andrew Lloyd-Webber stage adaptation of the 2003 movie starring Jack Black.

There are 14 songs written by Lloyd Webber in addition to the tracks contained within the movie.

The West End and Broadway hit musical will start its first ever UK wide tour at Hull New Theatre.



Oliver Forde is performing in School of Rock when the musical premieres its UK tour in Hull
Oliver Forde is performing in School of Rock when the musical premieres its UK tour in Hull

School of Rock tells the story of wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (played in the film by Jack Black) who is cast out by his dive-bar bandmates and finds himself in desperate need of cash.

Posing as a substitute music teacher at an elite prep school, he introduces his students to the rock gods he idolises, transforming them into an awesome rock band.

While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to truly rock out, Dewey falls for the school’s beautiful, but uptight headmistress, Miss Mullins, helping her rediscover the wild child within. But, will they all find redemption at the battle of the bands?

One of three teams of 12 children will perform live alongside Dewey, played by Jake Sharp, each night.

Tickets for School of Rock at Hull New Theatre are on sale now; original tickets for the show, rescheduled because of the pandemic, remain valid.

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