BOSSES at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury have confirmed that their scheduled pantomime for this year has been postponed.

The popular panto was set to be a version of Beauty and the Beast, running for a month from December to January, but with the government stalling on clarification as to whether performances can take place without social distancing, the decision to postpone until 2021 was taken.

Theatre Severn and Evolution Productions say they that a postponement is the most sensible decision.

David Jack, venues and programme manager said that ticketholders will be contacted in due course, and asked that the communication be a one-way process for now.

"We kindly ask that ticketholders do not contact us at this time," he said.

"Over the next couple of weeks, we will be contacting all ticketholders directly with further advice about their bookings.

"We appreciate your patience while we work through this. All ticketholders will be able to transfer their bookings to next year.

"We waited as long as we could and have made this decision with the heaviest hearts, because we know how much our audiences love their annual visit to see the pantomime here.

"However, the continued uncertainty around when we’ll be allowed to re-open the theatre at full capacity has left us with no choice.

"Beauty and the Beast will now happen in 2021 and we intend to bring audiences a fantastic show, bigger and better than ever.

"We are exploring alternative plans for the forthcoming Christmas season and will share any news with our audiences when appropriate."

Dame Brad Fitt, star of Theatre Severn pantomimes since 2011, added: "I'm devastated that my 10th pantomime in my beloved Shropshire has had to be postponed.

"I know that Evolution Pantomimes and Theatre Severn have not taken this decision lightly but without further clarification from the government, the uncertainty around restrictions gives them no choice. I shall miss you all of course but, we will be back. Love to you all."