Who Killed Alfred Oliver? Cancelled

November 12, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we must let you know that we have had to cancel our production of Who Killed Alfred Oliver?

The reason for this is that two key members of the company have received positive PCR tests.

We have assessed whether we can replace the poorly members, but the costs incurred, plus the risk of further infection among the remaining company, negate this option.

We hate to say it, but this puts RABBLE in a perilous position. We had successfully navigated our way though the last 2 years (and the 7 before the pandemic) under immense pressure and had felt so optimistic after the success of The Last Abbot, the development of our education and community work and the lovely responses that we have been getting from the first few nights of this show. The people involved – cast, crew, suppliers, sponsors, Minster team, Reading library, museum and station – are just incredible and the extra work that they have all contributed to making this show successful is staggering, so it is deeply upsetting that so many good people will lose income because of this.

RABBLE Theatre does not receive any core funding, from Reading Borough Council or the Arts Council, so this really is a challenging time and the financial success of this production was dependent on ticket sales alone. That is very rare in regional theatre.

We are looking at the option of postponing the show until next year, but nothing more can be said at this stage.

If you have already purchased tickets, then you are, of course, entitled to a refund and you can request this by emailing boxoffice@rabbletheatre.com with your order number and the name you booked under, but we would like to ask whether you would consider donating the cost of your ticket to us. This is a lot to ask, of course, but we would be immensely grateful if you could. To donate the ticket cost, you don’t need to do anything; the money will simply remain with us.

Some bereft audience members have already come forward to ask how they can help us cover the anticipated £35,000 loss. Please don’t feel any pressure whatsoever, especially if this was your first trip to a RABBLE show, but if you would like to become a Friend or make a donation, please click here. Another way of supporting us is to book right now for The Snow Queen (3rd – 24th December). Ticket sales for that will significantly help balance this loss.

We shall explain more about the implications and the context in our newsletter, (subscribe here) but for now we apologise to you for the disappointing news.

Yours Sincerely,


Toby and Dani
Artistic and Executive Directors | RABBLE Theatre