Cork Opera House confirms panto will not go ahead this year

Cork Opera House confirms panto will not go ahead this year

Frank Mackey as Nanny Nellie, Phoebe Dipple as Wendy, Scott Hayward as Peter Pan, Peter Pan, Sam Lupton as Smee and Michael Grennell as Hook outside Cork Opera House ahead of last year's panto. Cork Opera House has confirmed that this year’s Christmas panto will not go ahead. photo Marcin Lewandowski / soundofphotography.com ©

Cork Opera House has confirmed that this year’s Christmas panto will not go ahead.

Eibhlín Gleeson, CEO of Cork Opera House confirmed the news saying that they were devastated to have had to cancel the event.

“We’re devastated that we can’t go ahead with our panto this year, it’s our biggest show of the year and the Opera House simply won’t feel the same without it.

"We have been overwhelmed by the support of our patrons and the Cork public over the past 7 months. We'd like to sincerely thank them for their patience and understanding throughout one of the most difficult periods in our recent history. The support shown gives us enormous strength and hope in these uncertain times. As the song from the beloved Chitty Chitty Bang Bang goes ‘From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success.’ “We feel for the countless families who, year after year, come out in their droves to see our panto.” However, she said that there are plans to bring the panto next year.

“We know all our patrons will miss the tradition of panto this year but rest assured, we will be doing all in our power to bring the magic of panto back to Cork again next year… Sleeping Beauty will just get to sleep a little longer than initially thought,” she said.

Cork Opera House confirmed the news as they launched a new programme of events which will be live-streamed to people’s homes.

The programme features some of Cork’s best known artists, including Mick Flannery, Majella Cullagh and Molly Lynch, while the annual Christmas Concert will also be streamed online this year as the iconic venue brings audiences an alternative and re-imagined programme.

The new programme kicks off with leading Cork trombonist Paul Dunlea this Saturday, who will be joined by some of Cork’s leading Jazz musicians including Laoise Leahy.

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