Access All Areas has been sent an image of the Secret Cinema ‘Back To the Future’ site in Stratford, London, raising questions about the organisers’ preparedness.
The immersive theatre event, planned as Secret Cinema’s largest to date, was cancelled an hour before the first performance was due to start on Thursday 24 July, with ticket holders venting their frustration on social media.
Five performances have now been cancelled, with no more due to go on in July. However, 19 dates are scheduled commencing 2 August, some of which are sold out.
Secret Cinema founder Fabian Riggall told The Independent that the cancellation had nothing to do with the site being unfinished. A photo sent to Access by photographer Jim H Banks shows the event space – located next to the Olympic Aquatic Centre – in a flurry of activity, with workers in high-vis jackets clearly working around the site.
“The only bit that looked finished was the faux-grass square,” Banks, who visited the site on Saturday 26 July, told Access exclusively.
Riggall has so far been tight-lipped about the reasons for the cancellations, saying only that Secret Cinema is working closely with the council to make the event happen. The usually strict no refund policy has been overturned, giving ticketholders a chance to get their money back or reschedule for another performance – assuming the event gets back on track.
Access All Areas is keen to hear more from anyone involved in the site or with any more information about why the event was cancelled in the first place – so get in contact with us!
Photo credit: Jim H Banks