Panto vic­tim of Guildhall’s shock clo­sure

Derby Telegraph - - NEWS -

A SIX-day run of pop­u­lar pan­tomime Dick Whit­ting­ton has been can­celled “un­til fur­ther no­tice” fol­low­ing the shock clo­sure of the Guildhall Theatre on Fri­day.

Es­sen­tial main­te­nance has been on­go­ing at the Mar­ket Place venue for sev­eral months, but the city coun­cil has now con­firmed that the Grade II-listed build­ing will be closed for at least the next three weeks, and po­ten­tially longer, “for safety rea­sons”.

The Wat­son Play­ers’ per­for­mance was sched­uled for a six-day run be­tween Tues­day, Jan­uary 22 and Sun­day, Jan­uary 27.

But the group has since an­nounced that the per­for­mance will be postponed un­til it is able to resched­ule.

A state­ment on the group’s Face­book page read: “It is with much re­gret that our pan­tomime, Dick Whit­ting­ton, has been can­celled due to health and safety is­sues be­yond our con­trol.

“We are hop­ing to resched­ule the pro­duc­tion at a later date and will keep you in­formed of any fur­ther devel­op­ments.”

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