Qdos Pantomimes has begun a consultation process with its theatre clients about the viability of its shows following a Government anouncement on 31st July that there will be no further guidance on theatres in England operating without social distancing until November.
34 Qdos shows were due to take place from November 2020 to January 2021 in all four countries of the UK, and the company had asked for clarity from the Government regarding the re-opening of theatres by 3rd August in order for its scheduled pantomime season to take place. Until social distancing measures end few theatres will find it viable to present their pantomimes, but some may so Qdos is not immediately announcing the postponement of all shows. But the consultations - which will "take several weeks to complete" - will inevitably lead to cancellations and these will be announced by individual theatres, over half of which had already taken bookings. Ticket holders will be informed "in due course".
Qdos has been supplying some of the biggest shows to theatres across the UK for 37 years and a company of over 1,000 actors, singers, dancers and musicians will also be affected, as well as the actors and TV stars due to take leading roles this year.