AFTER a lot of deliberation, a much-anticipated panto that was due to take place in Cirencester next weekend has been postponed. 

This was announced this afternoon on social media by the company's director, who said it was an 'excruciating decision'. 

The performance of Little Red Riding Hood at the Bingham Hall on the weekend of the 14-16 January has been postponed, with Covid cited as the reason.

Amy Knowles, director of The Phoenix Revue Company said: "Sadly, we have been forced to make the decision to postpone next week’s performances of Little Red Riding Hood as Covid-19 continues to play the Big Bad Wolf of current times.

"We simply are not in a position with rates as high as they are to risk the health and safety of our cast, crew, volunteers and you as our incredible audience.

"The spread of the Omicron variant and Covid-19 in general continues to have a devastating impact on all aspects of life and we are so disappointed that it continues to have heart-breaking consequences on theatre and the live arts in particular.

"This is very much a postponement however and NOT a cancellation, we have all worked incredibly hard to give you a show that we know you will love and we do intend on giving you that.

"Our team are working incredibly hard following the decision being made late last night to confirm new show dates for a few months time in the hope that allowing some time to pass will see a decrease in the local rates and that we will be in a safer position to continue."

A further announcement will be made by the end of this week confirming the new Show Dates for Little Red Riding Hood 2022. 

Details about the ticket arrangements can be found on the company's Facebook page -