Lewes panto cancelled because of pandemic
Lewes’ St Mary’s Pantomime, Mother Goose, scheduled for January 2021, has been cancelled.
Spokesman Mark Greenwood said: “Here at panto HQ we have been carefully monitoring the evolving situation over the past few months, and as government guidances have been published to permit the relaxations of lockdown to date, we have explored any possible options these may bring which would allow us to stage the show with appropriate measures in place.
“However, taking into account health, safety and well-being of our cast, crew and audiences, and with no sign of sufficient relaxation of social distancing, we simply do not feel it appropriate to continue this year.
“The pantomime at St Mary’s has been a part of the Lewes calendar for almost 75 years, and for everyone involved it is a much-loved way of life throughout the winter. We are hugely disappointed to have had to make this decision, and know that our loyal supporters around town, and from further afield will also miss their annual fix.
“We promise, though, that a very special treat is in store for January 2022 when we trust the world will be right again.
“Until then we hope that you remain safe, well and sane, and we look forward to seeing you all again as soon as possible. Thanks as always for your support and understanding.”
Starting life at St. Mary’s Church Hall in Highdown Road in 1947, the pantomime soon became part of the Lewes calendar before relocating to its current home at StMary’s Social Centre, just a short distance away, in 1962.
Its ethos has remained: to provide affordable topical pantomimes that may be enjoyed by both young and old, and more importantly that the cast and crew should wherever possible be home grown.
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