It has just been announced that Stafford Gatehouse’s Christmas pantomime of Snow White has been moved until 2021
The 2020 production would have been the second time Prime Pantomimes produced the panto for the Stafford theatre, following the successful production of Peter Pan last year. A full review of that production can be read here
Jemma Harrison, Sales and Marketing Manager at the Gatehouse says “It is with a very heavy heart that we have made the difficult decision to postpone our pantomime season for 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 Crisis. We have talked through many different scenarios with our partners Prime Pantomimes but unfortunately while social distancing is in place pantomime just isn’t a viable option.“
Tickets already booked for the Pantomine will be moved across to 2021 and ticket holders will be contacted about this, there is no need to reach out to the Box Office directly.
Stafford Gatehouse now joins a long and growing list of theatres that are taking the tough decision to move this year’s production to next year, thanks to the lack of Government clarity about when theatres are likely going to be allowed to open at full capacity.
The Stafford MP Theo Clarke was reached out to about the government’s lack of support of the arts during this crisis but fails to have responded. The open letter, which was emailed over to her can be read here
Without panto to bankroll theatres next year and the Government’s pot of money looking more and more like a PR stunt, than an actual rescue package, 2021 is going to be a very tricky year for the theatre industry.