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Autumn programme at New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, moved to spring

The autumn programme at the New Theatre Royal, Lincoln, has been moved to the spring, with new dates scheduled for most shows.

A statement by the theatre said it had made the move with regret.

“With the continued social distancing measures still in place, we regrettably must move our autumn season of shows to new rescheduled dates next year, 2021.”

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln(42415598)
New Theatre Royal, Lincoln(42415598)

A skeleton staff will return to work at the theatre from November, and will be contacting all customers whose ticket bookings have been affected by the pandemic.

With so many shows affected, they will be tackling the task in show date order.

A decision about the theatre’s Christmas pantomime, Beauty And The Beast has yet to be reached.

It will be made and announced to the public on October 12.

The theatre’s Easter pantomime, cancelled this year, will now take place over the Easter of 2021.

The Jungle Book comes after the success of two previous Easter pantomimes ­— The Wizard of Oz in 2019 and Alice in Wonderland in 2018.

The show will run from Monday, April 13, to Sunday, April 19.

Making a welcome return visit to the theatre, Chris Johnson will star as the Monkey King and Kaa. He has also written the script.

Known as Yonko from CBBC, where he was a presenter from 2010 to 2016, Chris has also voiced Dennis in Dennis the Menace and Gnasher.

Chris is no stranger to the New Theatre Royal stage either.

He has appeared in every Christmas and Easter pantomime at the theatre since Cinderella in 2017, becoming an audience favourite along the way.

“I’m delighted to re-join the wonderful team once again for what is guaranteed to be a swinging time in the jungle. Lincoln holds a very special place in my heart so getting to write and perform another show here is an absolute joy.”

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