Last minute cast change for Lincoln New Theatre Royal’s panto

Melinda Messenger will not be joining Lincoln New Theatre Royal’s pantomime, Robin Hood, it has been announced.

In a statement, Melinda said: “It is with great sadness that I won’t be able to take part in the fabulous Panto this year due to a personal family situation. I am hoping that I can be part of the next year’s line-up instead at the beautiful New Theatre Royal. Wishing you all an amazing Christmas and I’m sure whoever takes my place will bring magic to the show.”

Natalie Hayes-Cowley Artistic Director, said: “It is disappointing to lose one of our celebrity cast members, which presents a challenge to our theatre family. The role of Fairy Stardust was an added character to Robin Hood, so the part is not essential the story.

“However, we are working hard to recast in the short timescale before rehearsals start. This year’s production will be a fantastic show with an incredibly talented cast, and we can’t wait to get started.

“We accept that some things are out of our control and despite ongoing communications since being notified of Melinda’s circumstances, we respect that she must put her family first. We wish Melinda well and hope to work with her in the future.”

The show takes place between Tuesday 3 December until Sunday 5 January 2020.