Greenwich Theatre cancels Easter pantomime Queen of Hearts

Andrew Pollard and Anthony Spargo
Andrew Pollard and Anthony Spargo had planned to perform Queen of Hearts at Easter, but will return with Snow White in November

Greenwich Theatre has cancelled plans to stage its rescheduled pantomime this Easter after the recent surge in new coronavirus cases.

The theatre had moved its traditional winter show to Easter in light of the pandemic, which has wiped out most live performance since March. It had reopened during the autumn to stage some socially-distanced performances, but closed its doors again last month as London entered Tier 3 measures.

Now with the prospect of an extended national lockdown, the theatre has scrapped its plans and ticketholders will be transferred to November 2021’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves instead.

The annual pantomime is a major source of income for the theatre, helping subsidise its other productions throughout the year. It is asking for donations to help it survive the crisis.

In an email to ticketholders, artistic director James Haddrell said: “We have not taken this decision lightly and we are hugely disappointed to have to cancel this production after so much hard work has already been put into the show.

“However, the Greenwich pantomime will be back in full force this Christmas with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. In the meantime, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon.”

Writer, director and dame Andrew Pollard will return in the show show, along with the venue’s favourite panto villain, Anthony Spargo.

Despite the disruption caused by the pandemic, the theatre has been continuing its series of online productions, which continue next month with Bored of Knives, a play about female friendship.


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