It is with a heavy heart that we announce that due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Theatre 2000 and Showtime Productions have made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Traditional Family Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty, to December 2021.
This year’s pantomime was due to reunite the creative team from last year’s sellout, 5* hit Dick Whittington – Robert & Corinne Blass (producers) Conor Baum (writer/director), Simon Gray (musical director/producer) as well as our signature funny team, Nathan Potter and Tony Bright as silly and dame respectively.
The safety of our creative team, performers and our audience members is of paramount importance to us, and whilst we have endeavoured to find a suitable venue to house the production whilst implementing proper safety measures, social distancing and cleanliness for all involved, we have been unable to do so.
Last year, we were able to raise over £3500 for our chosen charity Chestnut Tree House. We would like to request that if you were planning on joining us this year, that you consider donating your ticket money to them if you are able to do so. There are many other local causes that have been stretched to their limit throughout the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown period who could also do with whatever support you might be able to provide.
We would also like to draw your attention to the dangerous predicament the performing arts industries are in right now. Live theatre and performance of all sizes, but particularly local and community based are in dire need of help right now. If there are outdoor performances this summer and it is safe for you to do so, please consider supporting creatives, artists and performers as they keep a struggling industry afloat in these uncertain times or indeed donating to actor and theatre funds.
We will be in contact with our previous and potential future patrons next year with further updates on our pantomime. This isn’t the end of the road for us, but Sleeping Beauty will just have to stay dreaming for another year.
Wishing you health, happiness and laughter in these uncertain times,
Simon, Conor, Robert & Corinne.
Music Theatre 2000, Showtime Productions and the Brighton & Hove Traditional Family Pantomime Team.