Birmingham Racecourse has announced a major change in its Christmas panto after one of the stars tested positive for Covid-19.
The theater was forced to cancel performances of its famous show, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, on Boxing Day due to the development.
Matt Slack, who plays Ringo the Ringmaster, will be isolated so won’t be able to appear in the pantomime until at least Thursday, the Hippodrome said.
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But the show will continue as ‘award-winning’ comedian Johnny Mac quickly took on the role – meaning Monday’s performances can take place.
The racetrack said: “We are sorry to report that Matt Slack has tested positive for Covid-19 and cannot appear in Goldilocks and the Three Bears until he has completed a period of isolation This currently affects performance up to and including at least Thursday, December 30th.
Until then, the role of Ringo the Ringmaster will be played by award-winning comedian and actor Johnny Mac, who will join Jason Donovan and the rest of the cast of Goldilocks, which has just wrapped up a season of acclaimed pantomime. criticism at the King’s Theater in Glasgow. “
Jason Donovan will make his pantomime debut as Evil Ringmaster, alongside Doreen Tipton as Lazy Lion Tamer, Andrew Ryan as Dame Betty Barnum, Alexia McIntosh as Candy Floss and Samantha Dorrance as Goldilocks.
Tickets will remain valid for the show, with the audience being thanked for their “continued support and understanding”.
“Please join us in wishing Matt a speedy recovery and thank you Johnny for taking on the role so quickly to ensure today’s performances can take place,” the Racecourse continued.
“‘Break a leg’ Johnny! For those affected by yesterday’s cancellations, our team will be in touch to discuss options as soon as possible.
“We thank you for your patience and patience during this difficult and busy time. “
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