Gulbenkian show cancelled after Coronavirus scare

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A show at the Gulbenkian Theatre was cancelled last weekend after members were advised to self-isolate in case of catching the deadly Coronavirus. The Marxist in Heaven, a play ran by the National Theatre Connections, was scheduled to be performed at the popular University of Kent’s Canterbury campus venue on Sunday, 1 March. However, the company have been forced to scrap the show after members of the team came into “close contact” with someone with COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the University said: "On March 1, staff at Gulbenkian were made aware that a family member of two cast members of the National Theatre ‘Connections’ production had tested positive for Coronavirus. "As a result, they were advised to self-isolate as a precaution. "We sought the advice of Public Health England and were advised by them that no further action was required. "However, because of the inevitable concerns people may have, we took the decision to cancel the 2 March performance, although we were not instructed to do so by Public Health England.” “The University is operating as normal with all venues and outlets remaining open. If you want to find out more about the Coronavirus at UKC, click here

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