COVID delays Coventry community panto

Published: 4 January 2022
Reporter: Steve Orme

“Something to look forward to”: Dick Whittington

Coventry’s Albany Theatre has postponed its first in-house community pantomime Dick Whittington because of the COVID pandemic and will stage it during the February half-term.

Chris Arnold, who plays the dame, said, “so much hard work has gone into this show that it’s a heart-breaking decision to make. But the good news is that we have to wait only a few weeks until we can bring it to the stage during the February school holiday, so all is not lost. By then, people will be desperate for some good news as we come out of this winter gloom, and we’ll be perfectly placed to provide it.”

The Albany's chief executive and artistic director, Kevin Shaw, added, “we hope everyone will understand that, in the end, this is the only decision we could take in all the circumstances. Dick Whittington will happen, and it will happen safely at the Albany—and it’s going to be great fun, so it’s something to look forward to.”

Dick Whittington will now run from Tuesday 22 until Saturday 26 February.