THE TRON Theatre has made the ‘difficult call’ to postpone its panto, Johnny McKnight’s version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, for the second year running.

Executive Director and Joint Chief Executive Sam Gough said Covid social distancing guidelines and ‘no clear indication from the government’ on how long restrictions might last meant staging a full-scale panto was ‘too high risk’.

He added that while other sectors have seen positive moves to ease restrictions, “theatres remain in an impossible position.

“This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly,” he said.

“The audience experience when we have to factor in any kind of social distancing restrictions would be terrible and the financials simply don’t stack up.

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“It would be irresponsible of us to proceed when there is still uncertainty about when we might be able to re-open at full-capacity.

“The risks, financial and experiential, are just too high.’

The show will now be scheduled as part of the Tron’s Autumn/Winter 2022 season and people who already have tickets will be contacted by the box office.