Panto cancellations and theatre redundancies a running tally

We’ve been seeing so many postings about panto cancellations and theatre redundancies we’ve decided to put together a daily updated tally of the impact on the theatre industry.

Panto cancellations
Elaine C Smith, Johnny Mac and Paul James Corrigan – King’s Theatre Glasgow (One of the latest to be postponed)

The theatre industry is in the middle of one of the greatest threats to its existence which has been ignited by the COVID-19 pandemic threatening panto cancellations and theatre redundancies.

Theatres across the country are in the midst of enormous redundancy consultations following a lengthy government delay in announcing arts industry funding. These redundancies are now being ramped up following delays by the government on guidance which mean that the 2020-21 pantomime season nationally is more than likely to be cancelled completely.

With the pantomime season generating profits used by theatres to cover their operating costs for the following year and the impact on associated businesses who supply theatres and the production companies, the knock-on effect is likely to be catastrophic.

At the present time, more than 3000 theatre freelancers have fallen through the cracks receiving no furlough, no benefits, and little support for over 4 months now. This is an untenable position.

What you see below is the cost to the arts industry in simple terms. This page will be updated regularly to give a realistic idea of what is happening to the UK as a whole.

If you have information that we have omitted please send details to [email protected].

Updated 11.40am  24 September 2020


Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre – Beauty and the Beast
Artsdepot – Aladdin
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Barnstaple Queens Theatre – Cinderella
Basingstoke Anvil Arts – Beauty and the Beast
Belfast Grand Opera House – Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Birmingham Hippodrome – Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Blackpool Winter Gardens – Cinderella
Blackpool Grand Theatre – Snow Whaite and the Seven Dwarfs
Bolton Victoria Hall – Snow White
Bournemouth Pavillion – Peter Pan
Brighton Hilton Metropole – Aladdin
Bristol Hippodrome
Bromley Churchill Theatre – Sleeping Beauty
Buxton Opera House – Aladdin
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Chatham Central Theatre – Peter Pan
Chesham, Elgiva Theatre – Snow White
Clacton On Sea Princess Theatre – Jack On The Beanstalk
Colchester Mercury Theatre
Consett Empire Theatre – Treasure Island
Cork Everyman Palace – Aladdin
Coventry Belgrade Theatre – Beauty and the Beast
Crawley The Hawth – Cinderella
Crewe Lyceum – Sleeping Beauty
Croydon Ashcroft Playhouse – Beauty and the Beast
Curve Leicester – The Wizard Of Oz
Darlington Hippodrome – Cinderella
Dartford Orchard Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Durham Gala Theatre – Robin Hood
Edinburgh Kings Theatre – Sleeping Beauty
Exeter Northcott Theatre – Robin Hood
Falkirk FTH Theatre – Beauty and the Beast
Glasgow King’s Theatre
Glasgow Tron Theatre – Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
Grantham Guildhall Arts Centre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Greenock Beacon Arts Theatre – Cinderella
Guildford Yvonne Arnaud – Robin Hood
Hackney Empire – Jack and the Beanstalk
Halifax Victoria Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Hastings White Rock – Robin Hood
Hayes Beck Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Hexagon Reading – Beauty and the Beast
Hoddesdon Spotlight – Peter Pan
Hornchurch Queens Theatre – Alladin
Horsham Capitol – Dick Whittington
Hull New Theatre – Snow White
Ipswich New Wolsey – Rock N Roll Panto
Ipswich Regent – Aladdin
Kilmarnock Palace Theatre – Aladdin
Leicester DeMontford Hall – Sleeping Beauty
Liverpool Empire
Lyric Hammersmith – Aladdin
Manchester Dancehouse Theatre – Dick Whittington
Manchester Opera House
Mansfield Palace Theatre – Sleeping Beauty
Middlesborough Theatre – Peter Pan
Milford Haven Torch Theatre – Jack and the Beanstalk
Monmouth Savoy – Jack and the Beanstalk
New Wimbledon Theatre
Newport Riverfront Theatre – Robin Hood
North Yorkshire Georgian Theatre Royal – Beauty and the Beast
Northampton, Royal & Derngate – Dick Whittington
Nottingham Theatre Royal – Robin Hood
Norwich Theatre Royal – Dick Whittington
Oldham Coliseum – Aladdin
Peterborough New Theatre – Aladdin
Porthcawl Grand Pavillion – Aladdin
Regent Theatre Stoke On Trent
Rhyl Pavilion Theatre – Cinderella
Richmond Theatre
Rotherham Civic Theatre – Aladdin
Salisbury Playhouse – Cinderella
Sheffield Lyceum – Sleeping Beauty
Shrewsbury Theatre Severn – Beauty and the Beast
Somerset Stride Theatre – Cinderella
Southend Cliff’s Pavilion – Peter Pan
Southport Theatre – Peter Pan
South Shields Customs House – Rapunzel
Spalding South Holland  Centre – Dick Whittington
St Andrews Byre Theatre – Snow White
Stafford Gate House – Snow White
Stirling Macrobert Arts Theatre – Mother Goose
Stratford East Theatre Royal – Little Red Riding Hood
Sunderland Empire
Swindon Wyvern – Jack and the Beanstalk
Telford The Place – Aladdin
Theatr Clwyd – Beauty and the Beast
Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre – Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
Welwyn Garden City, Campus West – Jack and the Beanstalk
Whitley Bay Playhouse – Treasure Island
Woking New Victoria Theatre
Wolverhampton Grand Theatre – Cinderella
Wycombe Swan – Sleeping Beauty
York Grand Opera House

Ambassador Theatre Group – 1700
Belgrade Theatre Coventry – 21
Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall – 35
Birmingham Hippodrome – 62
Birmingham Rep – 47
Bristol Old Vic – 20
Canterbury Marlowe Theatre – 30
Edinburgh Traverse Theatre – 11
Exeter Northcott Theatre – 35
Fairfield Halls – 200
Guildford – Yvonne Arnaud – 10 (another 4 possible)
Horsham Capitol Theatre – 4
Horsecross Arts –  (in consultation)
Ipswich New Wolsey Theatre -23
Kings Cross Arts Venue  – 10
Leicester Square Theatre – 36 (maybe more)
Lowestoft Marina Theatre – 11 Staff, 24 zero hrs)
Manchester Royal Exchange – 96
National Theatre – 250+
Newcastle Theatre Royal – 44
Nimax Theatres – 130
Norwich Theatre 172 (incl 59 on zero hrs contracts)
Nuffield Southampton Theatres – 86
Oxford Playhouse – 12
Pitlochry Festival Theatre – 42
Porthcawl Grand Pavilion 14
Plymouth Theatre Royal – 110+
Sadlers Wells London 51
Somerset Stride Theatre 8
Theatre By The Lake Keswick – 38
Tobacco Factory Theatres – 25
Southbank Centre London – 400
Wales Millenium Centre – 250
Wiltshire Creative – 40% of staff
Winchester Theatre Royal – 6
Worthing Theatres – 19
Cameron Mackintosh Theatre/ Delfont Mackintosh 850 +

SUB TOTAL 4453 +


Angels Costumier – 18
TKTS – 23
White Light – 66
Selladoor – 91


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