The 2020 Birmingham Hippodrome panto Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been postponed.
Produced by Qdos Entertainment, the panto planned for this year at the Birmingham Hippodrome will now take place in Christmas 2021.
Australian actor, singer and much-loved personality Jason Donovan will return to make his pantomime debut in the production. He will join returning favourite Matt Slack on the cast as previously advertised.
Alongside the panto, planned performances of The Nutcracker have also been postponed.
Birmingham Hippodrome CEO Fiona Allan said today: "After much discussion and heartache, we are saddened to announce that Birmingham Hippodrome will not be staging live theatre productions in our main auditorium until 1 Feb 2021 at the earliest.
"We have spoken at length with both Qdos Entertainment and Birmingham Royal Ballet, exploring various scenarios for this year's pantomime, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and the annual performances of The Nutcracker. However, it is still not financially viable to host full-scale productions on our stage while social distancing remains in place.
"We are delighted to confirm that both Jason Donovan and Matt Slack will still be joining the cast of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for its rescheduled dates over Christmas in 2021.
"The Birmingham Hippodrome sales team will be contacting all ticket holders for both pantomime and The Nutcracker, along with other affected productions over the coming days.
"Whilst we continue to be unable to reopen our main auditorium for live performances, we are actively exploring other innovative and creative ways in which we can engage with our audiences and the people of the West Midlands during this time."
In Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Jason will play the Evil Ringmaster, the rival circus owner who threatens to bring down Dame Betty Barnum’s Big Top and steal the loveable three bears.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears plays at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2021.
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