YORK Theatre Royal has confirmed that it has cancelled or postponed all performances and it’s building will be closed to the public until the middle of June, at the earliest.

A Theatre spokesperson said it continued to follow Government and Public Health England advice and that protecting staff, companies, audiences and visitors was of the utmost importance at this difficult time.

A small, dedicated box office team is contacting ticket holders about the cancelled and postponed performances as quickly as it can.

Tom Bird, theatre executive director, said: "This is a very challenging and difficult time for many.

"Our audiences response to cancelled performance had been extremely understanding and generous, with many people donating the value of their tickets in support of the theatre and its survival. We are very grateful to everyone who has shown their support in this way.

"Supporting Arts and Cultural organisations in our city at this critical time will mean that we have a better chance of pulling through. We are working hard behind the scenes to support our communities in need at this time and to plan for a re-opening in the months ahead."

"Everyone at York Theatre Royal is looking forward to welcoming our many loyal supporters, audiences, participants and visitors back in to our buildings soon."