The much loved tradition of some Christmas Panto for the kids is the latest to be affected in the second Christmas of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Renmore Panto have cancelled their run of Cinderella which was due to take place at the Town Hall Theatre over the Christmas and New Year’s period.
This decision, announced Thursday, was made due to the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic.
“We would like to acknowledge the dedication of our Committee, Production Team and Cast for all their hard work over the past three months,” Renmore Pantomime said in a statement.
“Everyone involved has exceeded the expected commitment required during rehearsals and behind the scenes to bring our production to the current state.”
“We appreciate the dedication and hard work that has been demonstrated to date, and we recognise that all our Team will be disappointed by this difficult decision.”
“We would also like to sincerely thank the Management and Staff of the Town Hall Theatre for their collaboration to date and for their continued support at this time.”
“A special mention to our loyal Customer base who had already purchased tickets and those planning to, for our upcoming production.”
“We know this news will be disheartening as so many people were looking forward to returning to the tradition of attending Renmore Pantomime over the Christmas period.”
The group said that this decision was reached based on the “current challenges” associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the additional safety measures which would be required.
In the latest round of public health restrictions announced last week, the government said that indoor events such as theatre may only operate at 50% capacity.
“The Committee will continue to work over the coming months, with the expectation that we will be returning to the Town Hall Theatre in December 2022 with a full-scale unrestricted production.”
Full refunds will be given to anyone who has already bought tickets for the shows, and the Town Hall Theatre Box Office will be making contact with customers directly.