Russian theater closes after actor tests positive for coronavirus

A scene from
A scene from "My Fair Lady" ("Minu veetlev leedi") at the Russian Theater in Tallinn. Source: Siim Lõvi /ERR

The Russian Theater in Tallinn will close after a part-time cast member in the production of "My Fair Lady" tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The director of the Russian Theater Margus Allikmaa told ERR: "This, in turn, meant there was probably someone else carrying the virus in our theater, and because of that, we stopped rehearsals and stopped work in the theater so that the virus would not spread."

He added that what exactly will happen and how long the theater will be closed but decisions will be made after all staff members have been tested.

"The problem is that it doesn't make sense to do this test right away, because many people may not have the virus yet, so the test results may be negative today, but in a few days already positive for," he said.

The theater will be forced to cancel performances for at least in the next week. Allikmaa said the theater will communicate with the Health Board today and make a plan.

On September 5, Alla Sigalova's production of "My Fair Lady" ("Minu veetlev leedi"), based on Gabriel Pascal's film of the same name and Georg Bernhard Shaw's play "Pygmalion", was set to premiere at the theater.


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