Panto suspended after cast members test positive for Covid-19

Panto suspended after cast members test positive for Covid-19

Postby dutchman » Wed Dec 08, 2021 8:28 pm

There will be no live performances of Beauty and the Beast at the Belgrade Theatre until at least 18 December

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There will be disappointment for local school children in the coming days after it was confirmed live performances of this year's pantomime have been suspended due to Covid-19.

A statement released by Belgrade Theatre confirms there will be no live performances of Beauty and the Beast before 18 December at the earliest after several members of the Panto Company tested positive for the virus.

A professionally filmed version of the performance will be put on it its place for those who had tickets for the affected shows. The theatre's other festive shows will go ahead as planned.

A spokesman for the Belgrade Theatre said: "Despite extremely robust safety measures being in place and the back-up of understudy actors, we’re incredibly sad to say that some of our Panto company have recently tested positive for Covid. This means that we have to suspend live performances and we know we will not able to restart live performances of Beauty and the Beast until Saturday 18 December at the earliest.

"Our Box Office team are currently contacting the ticketholders for affected performances. All other performances are still scheduled to continue as planned, so if you have tickets for a performance outside of the affected dates, there’s no need to contact Box Office or take any further action.

"Knowing this would always be a risk during the ongoing pandemic, we have taken the precaution of creating a professionally filmed version of our Beauty and the Beast production. We intend to screen this filmed version to audiences at the Theatre from Friday 10 December, in place of the planned live performances.

"We will continue to keep our audiences informed of any other changes throughout the run of panto via email and our social media channels, should the need arise.

"Performances of Santa’s Magical Mystery Guest and A Christmas Carol in B2 are unaffected and will proceed as planned. We look forward to welcoming audiences back to our Main Stage when Beauty and the Beast performances resume.

"We’d like to sincerely thank our audiences for their patience and understanding and know they will want us to send their best wishes to the Panto Company."

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