That would have meant Snow White would have been a dwarf short.
New government guidelines to combat Covid-19 dictate no more than six people can meet up.
EXCLUSIVE: Panto bosses had to axe their production of Snow White after new government guideline to combat Covid-19 dictate no more than six people can meet, so the dwarfs couldn’t rehearse
Vice-chairman Terry Nunn, 75, said the 50-strong theatrical team – which has been staging pantos for half a century – faced financial ruin if it decided to press ahead with this year’s production.
Panto bosses have axed their production of Snow White due to coronavirus rules moaning: “We’d have to have furloughed one of the dwarfs.’’
“The social distancing restrictions make it very difficult for productions all over the country.
“It’s a sad decision we had to take and people are very upset about it,’’ he said. “But we really had no choice in the current situation.
It was the final straw for members of the Dunmow Pantomime Group near Braintree, Essex who have scrapped their traditional festive show for the first time in 50 years.
“You can hardly have Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs if only six people can meet up. “It’s a shame because it would have been a great joke which is what panto is all about.’’
Terry said the theatre group – which boasts members aged four to 84 – had been planning the production since March and the cast was ready to start rehearsals this month.
But whenever they tried to socialise one would always have been left out.
The dwarfs could have claimed to have been exempt from the `six session’ rules as they would all have been working together. Larger groups can still gather on business.
But shifting social distancing rules meant they had no idea whether or not their schedule would be interrupted and if the show would be allowed to go on.
“We would also have had to restrict the size of the audience to such an extent it could have ruined us financially,’’ he said.
Panto dwarfs face a cold Christmas across Britain with most productions cancelled.
“It’s very sad but we have decided to postpone the panto until next year when hopefully things will be back to normal.’’
“Most pantomimes have already been cancelled or are in the process of giving up,’’ she said.
A spokesman for the Cardiff-based Oh So Small talent agency said most of its short stars were trying to land film roles instead.