The Roses has announced that 2020’s Pantomime, King Arthur: The Panto! will be postponed until next year.
The show was written especially for the theatre by Maurice Gran, the award-winning creator of Birds of a Feather and Dreamboats and Petticoats. It will be replaced with a two man version of A Christmas Carol, written by local actor-director, Nick Wilkes.
Jessica Brewster, Director of the Roses, says:
"After weeks of careful consideration we have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s panto until 2021. Covid19 precautions only allow us to use 40% of our seats, which means it would not be financially viable for us to stage a large panto, and we must also put the safety of our audiences, volunteers, staff and artists at the heart of our decisions. I am delighted we have been able to replace the panto with Nick Wilkes’ heart-warming, funny and very Christmassy alternative, to ensure there is Covid-proof family fun for the people of Tewkesbury."
The Roses’ panto generates 25% of the venue’s annual income. Its loss puts further pressures on the business, which has been closed for over 5 months due to Covid19. The venue has made an application for £250,000 to the Arts Council’s Cultural Recovery Fund, to help sustain until it can fully reopen.
Chair of the Roses, Geoffrey Rowe, says:
"We are hugely disappointed that we are unable to stage King Arthur this Christmas, particularly after an extremely difficult year for theatre and the arts. This new show was crammed full of traditional panto gags combined with the wit and humour Maurice is famous for. We look forward to bringing it back bigger and messier next year. However, Nick’s adaptation of Dickens’ classic will lift our spirits after the challenges of this very trying time."
Tickets will soon be on sale for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ along with soon to be announced autumn films and 2021 live shows.