The Palace Theatre Newark’s 2020 pantomime, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will not go ahead this year, with the production postponed to December 2021.
“We have been considering our options around panto since very early in lockdown but in recent weeks it has become clear that to give our customers the high standard of experience that we pride ourselves on in a COVID-secure way would not make the production financially viable,” said Business Manager for Heritage and Culture, Carys Coulton-Jones.
“It’s especially disappointing for us as we appointed Jordan Productions as our new pantomime production company at the start of this year and the whole team has been looking forward to seeing their show round off our centenary year.
“But the silver lining to postponement is that we have another 12 months to work with Jordan Productions to present an incredible debut from them at our venue”.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will now run from 7-31 December 2021. Ticket holders for this year’s dates will be contacted by the Palace by letter in the coming days. Anyone who has outstanding queries about their tickets after receiving this letter should contact firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.
Chris Jordan of Jordan Productions said: “We are of course, hugely disappointed not to be able to bring our spectacular production of Snow White to the beautiful Palace Theatre this Christmas.
“However, we are already making plans for our 2021 production and we are really looking forward to continuing to work with the Theatres team in order to deliver a laugh out loud, magical pantomime that is really worth the wait.”
The Palace Theatre’s last live performance was in March prior to lockdown and whilst the pantomime postponement means that traditional live performances are unlikely to resume in 2020, the team is working on other ways to open the building to the public.
“We really miss our audiences! We had so many plans for our centenary year this year and we’d dearly love to have some visitors back before the year is out,” said Carys. “We have reopened our café this month and we hope we’ll be able to invite patrons back in the auditorium too.”