Hunstanton's community panto in town hall is called off
Hunstanton's community pantomime, due to be staged in the town hall between Christmas and New Year, has become the latest entertainment to fall victim to coronavirus.
Tony Bishopp, town mayor and producer of the am-dram show, said that it would not be viable to put on this year's intended production Snow White: Journey Into The Woods, given Covid restrictions on audience numbers.
He said: "We do seven shows the week after Christmas, with two shows a day most days. We can have 200 people in per performance and sell out most of them, with more than 1,200 attending. But we worked out that with the social distancing we would not get more than 60 in per show and that doesn't make it worth doing.
"The average cost of staging the panto is £7,000 in total."
Mr Bishopp said the panto will now be staged for 2021. It has been written by local resident Eaine Verwayweren and is "a variation on a theme" of the traditional Snow White story.
"Hopefully we can put it on next year so itis not a wasted effort on her part," Mr Bishopp said.
Hunstanton will still be one of the few places actually staging a panto this Christmas after the Princess Theatre announced last week that it is putting on Mother Goose.
Mr Bishopp said: "I hope it works out for them, I really do ... it would be good to have something for thetown."