City pantomime is cancelled

Derby LIVE’s eagerly-awaited Christmas 2014-2015 pantomime has had to be cancalled following the fire in the car park at the Derby Assembly Rooms earlier this year.

Beauty And The Beast was due to be the latest in the series of Paul Holman Associates Christmas productions in the city but the search for an alternative venue for this year’s panto has ultimately drawn a blank, despite the strenuous efforts of Derby LIVE and Derby City Council.

A fire in the car park of the venue subsquently led to the announcement that the Assembly Rooms would be closed for 18 months.

A number of shows and concerts were rehoused in different venues across the city but it has proved difficult to find a new home for a production as substantial as the pantomime.

Meanwhile, Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre is set to stage Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves. This wickedly comic tale will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever been the slightest bit naughty.

Quad will present a range of festive activities for all the family. Schools can also book in for an end of term treat, by selecting a film of their choice, .

Derby Theatre is staging two Christmas productions. Hansel & Gretel, a magical show for all the family , and Neil Duffield’s vibrant adaptation of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

Cllr Alison Martin, cabinet member for leisure and culture at Derby City Council, said: “The council has worked hard to investigate a number of options for staging the pantomime in the city however, unfortunately at least for this year’s event, we have not been able to identify a solution which would meet our audience’s expectations and be logistically and financially viable.”

Derby LIVE will contact customers who had already booked for Beauty and the Beast, to offer a full refund.

They will be also offered the chance to move their booking to Naughty Meg and the Christmas Elves, at the Guildhall Theatre or to a session on the Derby Christmas Ice Rink.