Crawley’s annual Christmas pantomime has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s show, Cinderella, was due to be held at The Hawth throughout the festive period but has now been postponed until 2021.
The production was set to run from Friday, December 4 to Sunday, January 3, delighting the 30,000 festive theatre fans who typically flock to the Crawley venue annually to see the Christmas spectaculars.
But after the Government announced it will not be able to clarify whether indoor performances can take place without social distancing until November, the decision has now been taken to reschedule the show for next year.
Anyone who has bought a ticket for this year’s show will be contacted by The Hawth and offered the opportunity to transfer directly to next year’s production or obtain a full refund.
The Hawth’s general manager, Dave Watmore, said: “The decision to postpone Cinderella has not been an easy one. We know that our audiences look forward to their visit to the pantomime, just as all the team at The Hawth do.
“However, we’ve had to postpone due to the continued uncertainty around when we’ll be allowed to re-open at full capacity.
“The good news is that Cinderella will now take place in 2021 when we will be absolutely delighted to welcome our audiences back for our biggest and best panto yet!”
Writer and producer of The Hawth pantomimes, Paul Hendy, from Evolution Productions, said: “The thought of Christmas without The Hawth pantomime is devastating.
“However, the audiences at The Hawth are wonderful and I know they will understand this decision and be supportive of it.
“Will The Hawth pantomime return? Oh yes it will!”
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