The main cast of last year’s pantomime. Picture: Matthew Usher
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The organisers of the popular festive panto at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange are still waiting before making a decision on whether this year’s show will go ahead.

Several theatres, including Norwich, this week announced the cancellation of traditional pantos due to the pandemic, but Neil  Gromett, managing director at Alive West Norfolk, said “all possibilities were being looked at” as far as the Corn Exchange was concerned.

“We are talking regularly with Jordan Productions about this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, obviously we are all keen for this to still happen. 

“It is a big part of what we do and very much a family tradition for our customers. We are still awaiting further advice from the government, but we are looking at all possibilities.”

Mr Gromett said theatre and the arts was important to the community and audiences would be welcomed back as soon as the government said it was safe to do so.

 “With the recent change in restrictions, we will be able to open the cinema once building works are complete, although social distancing measures will still need to be in place.

“With the theatre, we are currently looking at show dates for the autumn and are in discussions with promoters and artists. 

“It’s not just a case of if we can open our doors, but also if the tour or show will still go ahead as scheduled,” he added. 

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