IT's no show on the road for pantomimes at South Hill Park (SHP) due to uncertainty over coronavirus.

The Arts Centre in Ringmead, Bracknell has decided to cancel its Christmas pantomime of Cinderella.

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SHP has been hit hard due to the coronavirus lockdown and is currently trying to raise £500,000 in order to save the site.

Now, the pantomime has been postponed until 2021 when bosses can get a clearer picture of the Covid-19 situation.

Craig Titley, Chief Executive of SHP, said: "It is with great sadness that we have taken this very difficult decision. In 2019, 19,000 people saw South Hill Park’s pantomime and for many it is the highlight of the South Hill Park calendar.

"As we produce our own pantomime, work on its starts as early as February with sets and costumes created, built, and painted in August and September, but with so much uncertainty we can’t take the financial risk this year. We know this will be disappointing to many but Cinderella will return in 2021."

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On 29 July the Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said in an interview on BBC Radio 4, "We can only give the guidance to resume performances without social distancing when it is safe to do so. The Prime Minister has indicated that will be November at the earliest".

Craig Titley added: "A socially distanced pantomime is not only a financial risk but would result in a very different experience for the cast and audience which would not be the same. Who wants to shout, ‘it’s behind you’ with only a handful of other audience members dotted around the auditorium?"

All current Cinderella ticket holders are being contacted by the venue and are asked not to contact the Box Office.