The 2020 King’s Theatre Edinburgh panto has been postponed.
This year’s panto was to be a production of Sleeping Beauty, produced by Qdos Entertainment.
It will now run Christmas 2021 from the 27 November 2021 until Sunday 16 January 2022.
Allan Stewart, Andy Gray, Grant Stott and Jordan Young will all return to the cast as previously advertised.
The news is a huge blow to the theatre which says the yearly panto produces 30% of its income.
Fiona Gibson, Chief Executive of Capital Theatres said: “The impact of the global pandemic has been devastating on all theatres, and it has become a reality that to keep everyone safe and the organisation secure, mounting a full-scale production without social distancing in the current cycle would be challenging.
“There are only 3 occasions in its 114 year history that a King’s panto has not taken place, the last time being 1968 ….so 2020 will be another landmark moment for all the wrong reasons! We know this will be as much of a blow to you, our fantastic and loyal audiences, as it is to both the cast who love bringing you such joy every year, and to our tremendous staff who love making it happen. For so many it is the cornerstone of their festive celebrations.
“Capital Theatres is Scotland’s largest theatre charity and the impact of this decision is devastating. The panto alone brings in nearly 30% of our income each year. Since we closed our doors on the 16 March we have had no source of trading income, have refunded millions of pounds in tickets and cancelled, rescheduled or postponed scores of performances. Without doubt the loss of the Kings Pantomime is our biggest blow to date.”
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Sleeping Beauty plays at the King’s Theatre Edinburgh between 27 November 2021 until Sunday 16 January 2022.
It tells the story of a princess who is cursed by an evil witch into a deep sleep that can only be broken by the kiss from her true love.
You can find out more information from the theatre box office