London arts venues closed due to Queen’s death


he UK has been plunged into a state of national mourning following the Queen’s death on Thursday September 8, joining people around the world who remember Her Majesty.

A period of mourning for Britons, lasting 10 days, will include official events, such as the funeral of the late monarch and the coronation of King Charles, along with both national holidays.

Out of respect for these dark times, and particularly on these momentous occasions, businesses across the UK may choose to shut down operations for the day – or longer.

And the London art world is no exception, with many venues paying homage to the Queen.

Which London theaters will be closed for the Queen’s death?

Theatres, museums and galleries have no obligation to close for the next 10 days.

Under Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) guidelines, theatrical performances can continue on the evening of the Queen’s death and during the 10-day mourning period.

Arts venues in London and the UK may observe a day of remembrance when the date of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is announced, although individual establishments differ in their policies.

A statement from the Cabinet Office said: “Public museums, galleries or similar places are not required to close during the period of national mourning.

“Organizations may choose to close on the day of the state funeral, however, there is no obligation to do so, and it is at the discretion of each organization.

Dim lights and a minute’s silence will be accompanied by the national anthem in many venues, as tributes to royal heritage pour in.

On Thursday 8 September, the Royal Opera House closed its doors and canceled the opening night of Don Giovanni and the Insights: Aida party.

Alex Beard, CEO of the Royal Opera House, said: “We are extremely saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

“His sponsorship of the Royal Opera House has been a source of great pride for all our performers and staff, and his longstanding support of the arts has been deeply appreciated.

“We send our deepest condolences to all the other members of the Royal Family at this very sad time for the whole country.”

The Opera will also be closed on the day of the state funeral, the date of which has not yet been announced.

The BBC’s Last Night of the Proms party and the Mercury Awards ceremony have also been cancelled.

Productions such as Hamilton, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Les Miserables have also presented messages of condolence and respect for the royal family.

Outside London, the Royal Shakespeare Company has announced a public viewing of the state funeral at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, with the date to follow. All ages are welcome to the paid event.

Which museums and galleries in London will be closed?

The Royal Collection Trust has closed galleries at Buckingham Palace and other areas. Their online ticket offices and call centers have been closed – with tickets to be refunded.

From September 9 to 16, the Royal Albert Hall – of which Queen Elizabeth II was patron – will close completely.

The British Museum plans to close on the day of the Queen’s funeral, with all events canceled during the mourning period.

The Tate Modern and all galleries within the Tate will join others in their closure on National Day.

On September 9 and 16, the V&A will close early, at 5:45 p.m., as a sign of respect.

The team said: “The Trustees and staff of the Victoria and Albert Museum are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Balmoral Castle.

“As the world mourns the loss of our highly respected and beloved monarch, the V&A sends its deepest condolences to the Royal Family, including our Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.”

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