24th May 2021
Right at the heart of Macrobert’s annual programme is our pantomime and for many of us it really is a highlight of our year. So, it is with a heavy heart that we are postponing Maw Goose to 2022.
An enormous amount goes in to making Macrobert’s pantomime a really special experience, which takes time, significant resources and a commitment to go ahead long in advance. It involves a large number of our beloved arts community beginning in February and the recruitment and rehearsing of our dear young cast starting in early May.
We expect that reductions in the social distancing policy for live performance, that have such an impact on the number of people we can have in theatre, will soon be reviewed and changed when it is safe to do so. Meanwhile the uncertainty is still too great, and so we have taken this difficult decision.
We are glad that restrictions have eased in some capacity, making it possible for us to welcome you in for cinema again. We are hoping that the changes coming will mean we can bring back live performance at the first opportunity, which we really look forward to. However, for now we will focus on giving an excellent cinema experience and being ready to bring back live performance when we are able to do so, including alternative plans for Christmas.
Customers who have booked tickets to come in 2020 or 2021, thank you for your patience in sticking with us, you will be contacted by our Box Office colleagues to discuss refunds.
From all at Macrobert and the cast and creative team of the pantomime, we want to thank you for your continued support and understanding, and we hope to see you in our venue soon. If not at the pantomime in 2022, but at another production, film screening, or workshop.
"I really am sorry that we are postponing Maw Goose again, especially when we are all starting to see some progress back to a more sociable, relaxed way of life and looking forward to some fun. Since March 2020 at Macrobert, like so many arts venues, we have wrestled with the challenges of the pandemic, whilst keeping a light on in our hearts, knowing just how vital the arts are. On 30 September it will be 50 years since Macrobert first opened its doors, and the next 50 years will begin. The decisions we make now must consider that future. There will be pantomime again, there will be great nights out in a bustling theatre and we will be very glad to welcome you in. For now, you really are missed, and I hope we will see you soon." - Julie Ellen, Artistic Director