NANTWICH Players have had to
cancel their return to a live theatre production, complete with an audience, which
was planned to start on December 10.
It was to have been
a radio play staged as a Studio Production in the theatre
over nine evenings with matinees on the two Saturdays as
well as the evening performances. The Players are now hoping
to move the production to January - Friday 22, to Saturday
The plan is for a
audience in the theatre (due to Government regulations), plus an on-line audience. Tickets
will be sold on-line only and will not be available from the
Civic Hall in Market Street.
In a message to
Players' members, the Chairman, Jeremy Acklam said: "This
been caused by a change of heart
by the Government. They have
confirmed that amateur theatre productions cannot be
rehearsed in their theatres, although professional theatres
can do so."
The new dates
depend on the Players being able to resume rehearsals
immediately after the lifting of the lockdown on December 3.
Theatre has been prepared for Covid Safe procedures which
will continue until Government advice changes.
In the production, a group of actors try to broadcast "A
Christmas Carol" to America on Christmas Eve 1943. A famous
star of stage and screen swallows his pride and brings his
Scrooge to the airways. Halfway through he hears some bad
news and has a breakdown but the show must go on. So Scrooge
is replaced with a hard-boiled detective, a femme fatale and
an absurd Tiny Tim.