Bernadette Peters Cancels UK Concert Dates
The legendary Bernadette Peters revealed an exciting list of concert dates not so long ago that included appearances in London, Edinburgh, and more. Unfortunately the UK tour dates have been cancelled.
A statement released by the promoter reads:
"We regret to announce that we are unable to present our planned UK Tour with multi award-winning actress Bernadette Peters, as a result of Speckulation Entertainment Ltd's unforeseen inability to fulfil our contractual obligation.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Online bookings will be refunded automatically. Patrons who booked via others methods should contact their point of purchase for a full refund."
Peters tweeted a heartfelt apology to fans let down by the cancellation:
I'm so disappointed,,,sorry to my U.K. audience,,,So unfortunate I won't get to see you??- Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) June 6, 2019
However, this isn't the first time that Speckulation Entertainment and producer Neil Eckersley have been at the centre of controversy. In 2017, the UK Tour of the Kerry Ellis-starring musical Wonderland was cancelled partway through, and the producers were subsequently pursued for more than £30,000 in alleged unpaid wages.
In 2014, actors, backstage staff and suppliers also fought to recoup thousands of pounds in lost wages from the company, which had around 20 county court judgements against it. They related to shows like Momentous Musicals, starring Gareth Gates and John Owen-Jones.
And in 2013, a Kristin Chenoweth tour produced by Speckulation was also cancelled, with Chenoweth responding to a query on Twitter about why the tour was off by saying: "heres why: no tickets, no work permits, and nothing done. Thats why".
@MrThomasHescott heres why: no tickets, no work permits, and nothing done. Thats why.- Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) March 9, 2013
Industry figures weighed in on Twitter, such as actor John Owen-Jones and choreographer Darren Vinsen-Carnall:
Sorry to hear about this. Having had my fingers burnt, I'd suggest anyone in the business avoid working with Speckulation Entertainment Ltd at all costs. https://t.co/8xiGmfaVDZ- John Owen-Jones (@johnowenjones) June 6, 2019
NEVER ACCEPT A JOB FROM NEIL ECKERSLEY/SPECKULATION PRODUCTIONS. Retweet to EVERY PERSON IN THE MUSICAL THEATRE BUSINESS.- Darren Vinsen-Carnall (@darrencarnall1) June 6, 2019
But there may yet be hope for British Bernadette Peters fans. Promoter Cuffe & Taylor messaged Peters, offering their assistance, and has since hinted that she might be returning to the UK in the near future.
Update: we're in talks to bring her back to the U.K. soon. All good guys and thanks for the help ??- UpNorthPromoter (@UpNorthPromoter) June 6, 2019
Those still hoping to catch Peters in concert can also check out her dates in the US and Canada on www.bernadettepeters.com for tickets.
Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, on television, in concert, and in the recording industry. In 2003, she received her seventh Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes' record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy.One of Broadway's brightest stars, Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically-acclaimed performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit musical Song and Dance. She garnered Tony nominations for her memorable performance as Momma Rose in Sam Mendes' critically-acclaimed revival of Gypsy. Peters also received Tony nominations for her work in the 1992 musical The Goodbye Girl; Stephen Sondheim's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park With George; the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, Mack and Mabel; and the Leonard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town. In addition to these honors, Peters earned a Drama Desk nomination for her memorable portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
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