Glasgow’s Tron Theatre Company has called preparations for its annual panto to a halt, rescheduling the production for Autumn-Winter 2022.
Contracting for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz would normally be well under way by now, but social distancing rules have left the theatre in "an impossible position".
The 230-seat producing venue has to sell more than 90% of tickets across across 60 performances to break even.
Scotland's two-metre social distancing rule for theatres reduce Tron's auditorium capacity to 16 people at most, with a maximum of five people on stage. Even with one metre distancing, it could only seat 60.
Without an indication as to how long level zero restrictions might last, Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Sam Gough said the economics of a full-scale panto “simply don't stack up"
"The risks, financial and experiential, are just too high.”