THE curtain won’t be going up at The Grange Theatre this panto season as the venue announces its planned show Cinderella will be postponed for 12 months.

Due to the current pandemic and uncertainty around when theatres will be able to operate without social distancing, the venue and show producers say mounting a quality performance which audiences have come to expect is currently impossible.

Katherine Hickmott and Daniel Bell, from KD Theatre Productions, said: “We are absolutely heartbroken to be postponing what would have been our fifth year producing pantomime at The Grange Theatre.

“We know our amazing audiences will be supportive of our decision and we look forward to ploughing all our efforts into creating the most magical and exciting pantomime production for our return next year.

“We’d like to thank everyone at The Grange Theatre and The Grange School for their ongoing support throughout this tough time!’

Paul Edwards, The Grange Theatre manager, added: “The safety of our audiences, staff and cast is absolutely paramount. We hope you understand the decision hasn’t been taken lightly and we will continue to work on Cinderella as next year she will go to the ball!

“Please bear with us whilst we work through the box office for this production and we will be in touch over the next few weeks regarding your bookings – please look after one another and we look forward to seeing you at the theatre again soon.”

The venue will be contacting people who have booked tickets for the show and will offer the option to transfer to next year’s date or receive a refund.