A socially distanced pantomime in 2020!
The Playhouse Theatre would like to formally announce its plans to produce and create a socially distanced pantomime this Christmas for the community.
The new show, Sleeping Beauty, will replace the planned production of Jack and the Beanstalk which will be postponed until Christmas 2021.
Mark Thompson, General Manager said: we’re keen to ensure that this year we still offer those who wish to attend a magical Christmas treat for all ages but with the continued restrictions around social distancing that makes a production of the scale we had planned for Jack and the Beanstalk impossible at this point whilst social distancing remains.
Mark continued “That being said, we believe that Christmas simply wouldn’t be Christmas without a Playhouse pantomime so we’re reinventing the spinning wheel and putting together a fantastic socially distanced pantomime of Sleeping Beauty. Although it will be different than our previous productions to fit within the requirements of social distancing we’re bringing back some of our best loved professional performers from previous pantomimes who have all agreed to bubble together from two weeks prior to rehearsals, live together during the shows and give up their own Christmas with family and friends to ensure that they stay as a bubble and allow us to present this year’s festive show for the community”.
Due to social distancing within the auditorium the show will have a much reduced attendance capacity. There will be less than half the number of seats available than those who actually watched our show last year and will be on a first come, first served basis. Unfortunately, the Playhouse is unable to offer everyone who attends annually the chance to come across the run so act quickly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are available via the website with plans to reopen the box office later this year being put together.
The show will have an estimated running time of 1 hour 20 minutes long without an interval and all tickets are being priced at £20, a significant discount on the usual pantomime ticket pricing but in response to it being a different offering than usual. On top of this, the Playhouse Theatre are asking those who can to make an optional donation to the Friends of the Playhouse at purchase point due to the Friends assistance in bringing this year’s pantomime to life. Mark continued:
“The year’s pantomime wouldn’t be possible without the continued support of the Friends of the Playhouse, they have agreed to financially assist the venue throughout this time whereby we were forced to close overnight – the last six months have been a very difficult period in our history and a continued battle to ensure that we protect our much loved town’s home of live entertainment for future generations in an unprecedented national situation. The Friends of the Playhouse once again have stepped up to ensure that not only do we survive this period but that we can offer the community a much needed Christmas extravaganza so that we all end the year on a more positive note than we’ve experienced so far and with an opportunity to smile and laugh together as a family. Our gratitude of thanks simply do not even begin to repay the Friends for their support this year – the committee have been by our side both for moral and practical assistance all year with the support of the wider membership and this year that support has reached a new level with them doing exactly what they initially set up to do - be our guardian angels in our darkest moment of need. Therefore we’re asking the community to support the friends where possible with an optional donation on top of the ticket price so that they can continue to support us at this time and through our recovery back to our best – bringing the best of live entertainment to North Somerset”.
This year’s production will be produced by Mark Thompson and the management team at the venue on behalf of Parkwood Theatres with it being co-presented by the Friends of the Playhouse. Weston favourite, Mike Goble who directed and starred in the Aladdin pantomime in 2017 and Snow White in 2018 returns after a year out to direct this year’s socially distanced pantomime. He’ll also co-star. Snow White’s much loved dame, Richard Alan also returns with some other familiar faces yet to be announced. The Playhouse is promising a fun filled, professional pantomime experience with those individuals we’ve all loved in prior pantomimes coming together to bring the best of yesteryear into one fun filled, entertaining show for the family.
Those who have already purchased tickets to Jack and the Beanstalk will be contacted in due course by the venue with options on tickets. Please note, majority of the Playhouse team remain furloughed so responses are taking a little longer than usual to work through.
Tickets: £20.00 plus optional donation to Friends of the Playhouse
First come, first served basis with only 50% of last year’s attendance available.
Available online at: www.theplayhouse.co.uk
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