THE NEXT performances of the Dick Whittington panto at the Albany Theatre will take place during February half-term after the show was postponed because of the pandemic.
In a statement, the theatre’s CEO and Artistic Director Kevin Shaw said: “The Trust has taken expert, specific and local advice, and whilst there remains some uncertainty, we understand that the growing wave of infections is expected to hit a peak on or around New Year’s Day – just as our panto starts its run.”
The theatre was also taking the decision because further restrictions could be brought in which may see it postponed anyway.
Chris Arnold, who plays the Dame, remains optimistic.
He said: “So much hard work has gone into this show that it is a heart-breaking decision to make, but the good news is we only have to wait a few weeks to when we can bring it to the stage during the February school holiday, so all is not lost.
“By then, people will be desperate for some good news as we come out of this winter gloom, and we will be perfectly placed to provide it.”