This year’s pantomime Aladdin, at The Everyman, has been cancelled due to Covid-19 public safety measures.
In a statement, The Everyman said it was unrealistic to successfully programme a show as complex as the annual pantomime under the 2m social distancing measures which would allow 85 people in the auditorium at one time, including artists on stage.
Executive Director of The Everyman Sean Kelly said “It is with great sadness that we announce the cancellation of our 2020 pantomime.
“This is the first time in three decades that there won’t be a panto on The Everyman stage at Christmas. We really wish we didn’t have to disappoint our audiences like this but panto is an extremely expensive undertaking and under the current restrictions it is simply not possible to go ahead.”
The cancellation is an incredible setback for The Everyman with far-reaching implications.
“The panto represents 20% of the theatre’s annual income and is also a vital source of employment for local performers and creatives so it’s a huge blow to a great many people. We are determined that our panto will return in 2021 and be more spectacular than ever.”
The Everyman pantomime also provides annual employment for almost 100 people – artists, creatives, musicians and crew – who are hugely reliant on the three-month period of income.