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Ipswich Regent Theatre's panto Aladdin postponed to 2021 due to 'impact of coronavirus'




Panto lovers will have to wait until next year to see Ipswich Regent Theatre's production of Aladdin, which has been postponed to 2021.

Officials at the borough council said the "impact of the coronavirus" meant the decision was made between them and Enchanted Entertainment to hold off on the festive show, which was due to run at the theatre between December 16 2020 and January 2, 2021, until next year.

It is the latest panto in Suffolk to confirm it will be pushed back to next year due to the coronavirus, after it was announced that Bury St Edmunds' Theatre Royal's production of Cinderella would be postponed earlier this week.

Ipswich Regent Theatre's panto Aladdin has been postponed to 2021. Picture by Mark Westley
Ipswich Regent Theatre's panto Aladdin has been postponed to 2021. Picture by Mark Westley

A spokeswoman said: "We don’t yet know when social distancing and other restrictions will be removed. We have had to make the same decision as many other theatres as the panto would not be viable.

"We’re very sorry that we simply can't deliver the magic of an Ipswich Regent Theatre panto under the current circumstances."

She said Enchanted Entertainment are "incredibly disappointed" they will not be producing Aladdin this Christmas – in what would have been a milestone 10th year in Ipswich.

"Panto is important for so many families and they’ll now spend the extra time making 2021 their best show yet," the spokeswoman added.

Customers who had already booked tickets will be contacted from Monday, September 7 to offer them options, including transferring tickets to the Easter panto in 2021 or the Aladdin Christmas panto in 2021, transfer the value of those tickets to another show, or get a refund.

The borough council said requests cannot be processed before September 7 so customers should wait for an email or phone call with further details.

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