There will probably be no Christmas pantomime at Bolton’s Albert Halls this 12 months – however bosses are aiming to return at Easter.
Exhibits on the venue have been cancelled because the coronavirus pandemic started, and now organisers have taken the ‘tough determination’ to name off the festive Magnificence and the Beast manufacturing.
The venue will stay closed till April 2021, when it expects to return with an Easter pantomime efficiency of Peter Pan and different exhibits together with An Night with Sir Michael Parkinson.
Coun Hilary Fairclough, Bolton Council’s govt cupboard member with duty for the Albert Halls, stated the well being and wellbeing of audiences, solid and crew needed to come first.
She stated: “This has been a tough determination, however given the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19 and the necessity to prioritise everybody’s well being and security, it’s simply not doable for the pantomime to go forward.
“In fact, we perceive it’s a Christmas spotlight and households will probably be dissatisfied. We’d wish to ship a manufacturing to the excessive customary our clients have come to count on, and we really feel we might be doing a disservice to our audiences to press forward this 12 months.
“This looks as if probably the most wise choice, however relaxation assured a pantomime will probably be again and we have already got a programme of exhibits we’re wanting ahead to subsequent 12 months.”
Anybody who has booked tickets for Magnificence and the Beast will probably be contacted by Quay Tickets.
Helen Wright was set to run the Christmas panto along with her firm Polka Dot Pantomimes.
She added: “We imagine that it is advisable expertise a pantomime in a packed auditorium with a big viewers filled with households and mates who can work together with the performers on stage, in addition to an organization who’re in a position to work in shut proximity to at least one one other within the all-singing, all-dancing fashion that our pantos have turn out to be synonymous with – that’s the magnificence and custom of pantomime.
“If we’re unable to realize that this 12 months then we might not be doing the artwork type justice and can be short-changing our audiences. Subsequently, suspending Magnificence and the Beast till subsequent 12 months seems like probably the most wise, honest and secure choice.”
The next provisional programme of exhibits has been booked in for 2021:
Easter pantomime Peter Pan will probably be on on the Albert Halls on April 15 and 16. The solid contains Coronation Road and Dancing on Ice star Steven Arnold as Captain Hook. By The Waters Of Liverpool will probably be staged on the venue from April 1 to three. Tailored from Helen Forrester’s million-selling ebook, the manufacturing is a interval drama set within the 1930s. Helen is sixteen years previous and preventing a bitter battle along with her dad and mom for the fitting to coach herself and exit to work. An Night with Sir Michael Parkinson is about for April 11 – celebrating the life and profession of a person who has interviewed greater than 2000 of an important cultural figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The Albert Halls will probably be endeavor danger assessments and setting up obligatory security measures to allow productions to go forward.
For extra info on all exhibits and to ebook, go to alberthalls-bolton.co.uk.