Northampton's Royal & Derngate's 2020 panto Dick Whittington has been postponed.
Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the production planned for this year will now take place in Christmas 2021.
Dates for the new run are to be confirmed.
Chief Executive, Jo Gordon said: “We are so sorry to make this announcement today and know that the news will come as a disappointment for many. While social distancing measures remain in place, performances of this scale and spectacle are simply not financially viable in our auditoriums as we wouldn’t have anywhere near enough seats safely available to cover our costs”
Artistic Director James Dacre added: “Attending our pantomime and Made in Northampton family show is an important tradition for so many families across Northamptonshire and it is heart-breaking that we won’t be able to welcome the nearly 50,000 audience members that normally visit our theatres during the festive season.
"We will continue to explore how we might create other smaller scale events and activities this Christmas, where possible within government guidelines.”
Jo Gordon continued: “Our reduced Box Office team is currently working significantly fewer hours than normal, so we ask bookers not to contact Royal & Derngate at this stage. All customers will be contacted directly and automatically transferred to the closest equivalent performance in 2021. Further transfers, gift vouchers or a refund will then become available if customers cannot make their rescheduled performance date.”
A panto classic, Dick Whittington tells the story of a poor boy who who travels to London in search of fame and fortune. His journey sees him outwit King Rat, win Alice’s hand in marriage and ultimately become Lord Mayor of London.
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