Nottingham puts back Robin Hood panto to 2021

Published: 10 August 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

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Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Qdos Entertainment have called off the venue’s 2020 panto Robin Hood and rescheduled it to December 2021.

The Theatre Royal and Qdos took the decision because there has been “no indication from the government as to when theatres can reopen without social distancing, and no plan to look at this before November at the earliest”.

The venue is run by Nottingham city council. Portfolio holder for leisure and culture Cllr Dave Trimble said, “the pantomime at the Theatre Royal has always been the biggest, most spectacular Christmas production in the region, with sell-out audiences across the run.

“Unfortunately, the uncertainty that the current situation brings means we would be unable to replicate this on stage or within the auditorium this year. We have therefore taken the decision to reschedule Robin Hood as next year’s pantomime and look forward to presenting the ultimate pantomime adventure in its rightful home then.”

He added that while it was clearly not possible to undertake a full-scale production in 2020, the theatre and Qdos were continuing explore other options should the situation change closer to Christmas.