There is a possibility that the play itself may have to be canceled
The official website for the stage play adaptation of Sunrise's Mobile Suit Gundam 00 anime series announced today that its all ten shows in Tokyo are postponed to an unknown future date due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Kakusei (Awakening by Destruction) - Re: (in)novation" was originally scheduled to be performed at New National Theatre's Playhouse (capacity: 1,038) in Tokyo from July 17 to 26, 2020.
The play's official website writes:
"Thank you for your continuous support for the stage play 'Mobile Suit Gundam 00.' Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, we are very sorry to announce that all shows of 'Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Kakusei - Re: (in)novation,' which was scheduled to open at New National Theatre's Playhouse in Tokyo from July 17, are postponed to ensure the health and safety of guests, performers, and staff involved in the performance, and to prevent the spread of infection. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation. We are currently working on the new schedule for the shows."
We will continue to discuss the postponed shows carefully in light of the policy of the government expert committee on combating the new coronavirus, the spread of infection, and other factors. Please note that we may have to cancel the shows in the case that the postponed schedule cannot be arranged."
Instead, a special talk program hosted by the play's four main cast members and the writer/director Fumiya Matsuzaki will be streamed on the Gundam franchise's official YouTube channel from 20:00 on June 17 (JST).
- Setsuna F. Seiei: Shohei Hashimoto (Yu Nishinoya in Haikyu!! stage plays)
- Lockon Stratos: Yu Imari (Nagasone Kotetsu in Touken Ranbu stage plays)
- Allelujah Haptism: Taiyou Ayukawa (Atsushi Murasakibara in Kuroko's Basketball stage plays)
- Tieria Erde: Seiichiro Nagata (Eiji Kikumaru in The Prince of Tennis musicals)
As part of the Gundam franchise's 40th anniversary projects, the first play "Mobile Suit Gundam 00: Hakai ni yoru Saisei (Regeneration by Destruction) -Re:Build" was performed at Nippon Seinenkan Hall in Tokyo seven times from February 15 to 18, 2019, then at Morinimiya Piloti Hall in Osaka four times on February 23 and 24. Tickets for all 11 shows were immediately sold out.
Highlight of the first show for the DVD/Blu-ray release: