Newbury’s Corn Exchange has announced that this year’s panto, Aladdin, will go ahead.
The venue is installing new seating and Perspex partitions so that social distancing can be adhered to during performances.
The new layout will allow more space between rows and each household group will be kept separate using dividing screens.
Following the success of last year’s Sleeping Beauty, writing and directing team Plested and Brown (Clare Plested, Adam Brown and Amanda Wilsher) are back again this Christmas to bring an anarchic and hilarious take on Aladdin.
Veteran Corn Exchange panto performer, Adam Brown, of Plested and Brown, remarked:
With so many shows being cancelled it’s a real privilege to bring a little Christmas magic to Newbury this year. With our hands washed and masks at the ready – we are super excited to get back into the rehearsal room! Expect magic surprises wrapped in an anarchic playful panto with a super dooper, temperature checked cast! It’s about time we had a laugh this year don’t you think?!
The Corn Exchange is following all industry and government Covid-19 guidelines. The pantomime cast will be in a bubble with regular Covid testing. Audience members will need to wear masks throughout the performance unless they are exempt, and there will be Perspex dividing screens between households. Audiences can book with confidence, knowing that if they are unwell with Covid-19 symptoms or having to self-isolate their tickets can be transferred, credited to their account or refunded.
For details and ticket purchasing, please click on the link below to go to the Corn Exchange’s website: