Bristol audiences to finish year with Christmas pantomime after all
- The socially distanced pantomime will be taking place over December and January
- Casting includes Craig Revel Horwood, Matt Slack and Richard Cadell & Sooty
- Tickets on sale now
Bristol’s pantomime scheduling has gone from oh yes it is, to oh no it isn’t, to hopefully, oh yes it is again. This December and January, not only has a pantomime been scheduled after a year of theatrical postponements and cancellation, we even get a whole new story for the first time in years with Robin Hood.
Top billing has already been announced, with Craig Revel Horwood as the boo-worthy Sheriff of Nottingham. He will be joined by funny man Matt Slack – which according to social media comments has left Birmingham audiences disappointed, Slack being a firm family favourite in the Midlands.
TV’s Richard Cadell makes up the celebrities, performing in a double act with little yellow bear Sooty.
The original pantomime for Christmas was originally Snow White, featuring John Barrowman, both of which have been postponed due to coronavirus and will be coming to the Bristol Hippodrome next year instead.
This year’s late announced show is the result of an initiative between The National Lottery and Qdos Entertainment. The National Lottery is funding financial support for theatres to stage socially distanced live pantomimes this year. Up to 20,000 free tickets to pantomime across the country have also been made available by the National Lottery.
Ambassador Theatre Group are re-opening three of their venues due to the project, with pantos also taking place at Manchester Opera House and Milton Keynes Theatre.
There will be some differences to this year’s theatre trip, with ATG following UK Theatre’s See it Safely guidelines and the Government Performing Arts Working Safely guidelines.
This will see eTickets being used, timed entry, changes in entrance and exit points, hand sanitiser stations, contactless payments and refreshments delivered to seats.
Face coverings will be compulsory, although Bristol Hippodrome has been reassuring disabled customers on social media that exemptions will be allowed.
A major difference to this year’s show will also see the pantomime run at one-act to maintain social distancing.
Robin Hood will run at at Bristol Hippodrome from Friday 18 December 2020 until Sunday 10 January 2021.
To book, visit: atgtickets.com/Bristol
For access booking, call: 0800 912 6971