After weeks of excited anticipation in the lead up to a socially distanced pantomime production of Robin Hood, the Theatre Royal has been left with no other choice than to reschedule the show to April 2021. In a post featured on its Facebook page, the theatre justified their “difficult decision” stating; "current restrictions mean that we are unable to open and without a clear timeframe for the city moving to Tier 2, progressing with the show in December is not possible.”
Performances of the show had initially been scheduled to begin on 24 November with North-East panto legends Danny Adams and Clive Webb set to play out their slapstick comedy routines and work their festive magic. The show had also been set to star 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry.
Speaking to the BBC, Chief Executive Phillip Bernays further discussed the theatre’s painstaking decision to postpone the show, stating;
Ticket holders are currently in the process of being contacted and issued with full refunds as well as being offered priority booking for the new April performance dates. Whilst many have pledged their support, some have been bitterly disappointed and confused as to why the theatre could not offer a virtual screening of the show; a viable alternative that has been successfully implemented by other theatre’s in the North-East, including Northern Stage and Live Theatre. The Theatre Royal have yet to comment on why they refrained from adopting this different approach.
Seats for the rescheduled performances in April go on sale this week. To book your Easter treat online or for further information click here.