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Panto is saved as small scale Jack fills Peter Pan void
The show must go on - oh yes it must. Theatre-goers in Lichfield will be delighted to know that Christmas is not cancelled at the city's theatre. The Lichfield Garrick has been forced to postpone its blockbuster pantomime Peter Pan for 12 months due to the financial and social risk of putting on the large-scale production. Peter Pan should have run from the end of November this year to the beginning of January next year, but has now been put back exactly a year. However, the good news is that there will still be a larger-than-life Dame, a goody and a baddy treading the Lichfield Garrick stage this winter as the theatre proudly presents the city's first bite-size panto, Jack and the Beanstalk, which will run from 18 December 2020 to 3 January 2021.
What is a bite-size panto, we hear you cry? A bite-size panto is a shorter run pantomime with fewer performers on stage, allowing the theatre to provide a much-loved Christmas production with all your favourite characters in a safe environment for cast, crew, and audiences. The bite-size panto will follow government guidance at the time of the event and go on sale as a socially distanced event. Jack and the Beanstalk will be a 75-minute show with no interval with lots of Fe Fi Fo Fun for all the family. Written by Paul Hendy of Evolution Pantomimes, who have partnered with the Lichfield Garrick for four years, Jack and Beanstalk will bring all the usual gags and laughter. Join Jack as he falls in love, is tricked by arch-villain, Flesh Creep, and climbs a giant beanstalk to a giant's lair. Will Dame Trott ever forgive her son? Will Billy work out which end the cow needs milking?
Karen Foster, Lichfield Garrick's Chief Executive, said: "Pantomime is crucial to theatre earnings and the cost of a long closure owing to coronavirus has been a major setback for this theatre. At the Lichfield Garrick we are determined to adapt and bring high quality entertainment to our audiences this Christmas season because we know what panto means to so many people, young and old; we are so looking forward to welcoming you back to the theatre. Whilst this year's pantomime will be shorter and with a smaller cast and crew, it will be big on Christmas cheer, family humour and all your favourite pantomime jokes. Please support your theatre by buying tickets or donating to Lichfield Garrick Arts charity."
The Box Office team will contact all Peter Pan ticket holders to see whether they would like to keep their tickets for the new dates, donate to Lichfield Garrick charity or request a full refund. Should you keep your ticket for 2021 Peter Pan, you will automatically get a 5% discount on tickets to this year's Jack and the Beanstalk, The Bite-Size Pantomine.