The Palace Theatre, Rubicon Leisure, Redditch Borough Council and Paul Holman Associates have announced that their Christmas pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk has been postponed until 2021.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and following the Government’s recent announcement that no further confirmation regarding the relaxation of social distancing for indoor performances will be given until November at the earliest, the venue and producers, in consultation with Rubicon Leisure and Redditch Borough Council, have made the decision to postpone the annual production for the first time in the venue’s history.
Pantomime Producer Paul Holman said: “It is with great sadness that we have come to the unprecedented conclusion that we have no other choice but to postpone this year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk with no further government guidance on social distancing expected until at least November, even if we were given the go-ahead at that time, it would sadly be too late to put together a production on the scale that we would want to present. First and foremost this year we want to make sure that our loyal audiences, cast, crew and theatre staff are all safe. But, we will be back next year, bigger and better than ever before uniting family and friends once more with a long-awaited dose of fun, laughter and escapism.”
Next years production will continue to be headlined by Mark Read from hit boyband A1 in the title role of Jack. He will be joined by West End star; and Redditch’s favourite Dame; Simon Howe, who returns to Redditch Palace Theatre for a 3rd time to play Dame Trott.
Last year’s production of Cinderella played to over 18,000 people and accounted for over 28% of the venue’s annual revenue with the cancellation of this year’s pantomime proving not only a major financial loss to the venue but also a great loss to the local community who support and enjoy both the theatre and the pantomime as part of their annual Christmas tradition.
Theatre Manager, Tim Mackrill said: “Panto is our busiest time of year and the time when our Panto family comes together, our building and staff become one to entertain the masses and lighten up people’s lives. Although we are disappointed we can’t bring you Jack and the Beanstalk this year, we are looking forward to working with Paul Holman Associates to bring Redditch a bigger and better Panto for the 2021 Christmas season and to complement the exciting shows coming your way in 2021.”
Ticket holders who have already purchased tickets for this year’s performance will be moved to next year’s performance at the current prices and be transferred to the same day booked for this year. The Theatre Box Office is currently running with reduced staff and limited hours so all patience is greatly appreciated whilst we deal with customers who can’t make the dates. Should you wish to request a refund for the new dates, please call our box office on 01527 65203 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 9.30am – 4.00pm FROM NOVEMBER 1st box office is currently working through previous shows and will start refunding/taking calls for panto from 1st November. Please don't call about panto until the date stated. Thank you for your patience and understanding.