Statement from English National Opera:
Earlier this year the Opera House at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool and Blackpool Council invited us to perform The Mikado in Spring 2017.
They have now asked us to postpone our planned schedule of performances next year with a view that these will take place in 2018.
Given that this is an important collaboration for us we have agreed to postpone our planned performances.
What this means is that ENO has to scramble extra work for its orchestra in Spring 2017, at very short notice.