Darlington Hippodrome's 2020 panto Cinderella 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.
The venue said: "It's with a heavy heart that we must announce that this year's panto, CINDERELLA, has been rescheduled to Christmas 2021. You shall go to the ball! Just not this year.
"Due to the continuing uncertainty around when theatres will be able to re-open without social distancing, the Hippodrome, along with producers Qdos Entertainment, have taken the decision to postpone.
"Panto is one of the most exciting times of year here at the Hipp and we’ll miss seeing theatregoers of all ages enjoying their festive treat. But we now look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021 for what promises to be a spectacular return for our famous panto.
"During the theatre's closure period, we've greatly appreciated the support and patience you've displayed as we face a difficult period with a reduced team.
"Cinderella ticket holders will be contacted as soon as possible with details on how they can move this year's tickets into 2021"
Cinderella tells the story of a young orphaned girl who is put to work by her evil step mother and bullied by her two step-sisters, until a chance encounter with her Fairy Godmother changes everything.
For more information visit the theatre box office.