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Published : 04/May/2020

We share this statement from our friends at Shrewsury International Comedy Festival regarding this year's festival...


Hello, first and foremost we hope you and your loved ones are safe and well.

Regretfully, we have taken the decision to CANCEL SICFest 2020 - which had been due to run 16th-19th July - due to the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is a total cancellation, so includes all Edinburgh previews, solo shows, mixed bill shows, the comedy course & the Gala Show.

Obviously, we are devastated to have to do this. We invest our heart & soul, time & no little amount of money into the Festival every year and we're gutted we won't be able to welcome you to our beautiful town to enjoy the line up we were, once again, intensely proud of. 

Clearly once the Edinburgh Festival was cancelled it put a different light on SICFest which is predominantly set up as an Edinburgh preview opportunity, however this decision is made with everyone's safety & well being in mind & we’re sure won’t have come as a huge surprise to anyone. 

We WILL be back next year though, and we are just working on getting the dates tied down so please bear with us.

As we’ve previously stated, we feel a duty of care to our audiences, our venues & their staff, our fantastic volunteers & of course the acts. That duty of care extends to physical & mental health, general wellbeing and livelihoods too.

We know many of you have concerns over lost income, as do we, the venues and indeed the acts, so we want to give everyone the opportunity of a full refund. However, it would be hugely helpful to us if you could choose options 1 or 2 from the following:

  1. Tickets for Festival Jesters & Gala Show can be retained for next year's shows once the dates have been confirmed. Please note however the line ups are likely to have changed. New line ups will be published asap, probably late 2020/early 2021 in line with how we usually announce.

  2. Tickets for Edinburgh previews, solo shows and mixed bill shows such as Late & Lively can be retained in the form of a credit & used against any of next year's shows. The acts performing previews & appearing in mixed bill shows will most likely change. However even if they are the same acts the time slots and possibly venues are likely to change and again these will be published asap, as above.

  3. Alternatively, full refunds are available for all tickets. 

All refunds, retentions and credits will be handled by the fantastic team at Theatre Severn.

Thank you once again for the superb support you have shown us over the last three years since we started this adventure – join us next year when we’ll come back stronger than ever.

Best wishes

Kev & Beth
Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival