Live At The Apollo put on hold | 16th series won't be taped this year © BBC/Open Mike Productions

Live At The Apollo put on hold

16th series won't be taped this year

The next series of Live At The Apollo – its 16th – has been put on hold because of coronavirus.

The stand-up showcased, which has given a career boost for scores of comedians, is usually taped in the Hammersmith Apollo, West London, in September.

However, this year’s recordings have been cancelled. Although indoor gigs have, theoretically, been given the OK from August 1, events still have to implement social distancing measures which would not make for great TV.

A spokesperson from the show, made by Open Mic Productions, said: ‘In light of the current social distancing measures affecting theatres in the UK, Live at The Apollo will not be filmed this year. 

‘While this news will be disappointing for viewers, the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority. 

‘The good news is that Live at The Apollo will return bigger and brighter in  2021 for its 16th series, once again welcoming the cream of established and up-and-coming comedy stars to the Apollo stage.’

Published: 20 Jul 2020

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