Fife theatre scraps Christmas show plans and looks to online festive season

Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, would have been the venue for the festive showCarnegie Hall, Dunfermline, would have been the venue for the festive show
Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, would have been the venue for the festive show
Plans to stage a Christmas show in Fife have been scrapped because of on-going coronavirus restrictions.

The Magic Of Christmas show was unveiled in autumn, and set to run from November 27-December 3.

The safe, socially distanced event was a joint venture between OnFife, and Pitlochry Theatre, designed to be held at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline, and the campus at Pitlochry.

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It promised a “wonder-filled promenade Christmas event an experience like never before” - but continued restrictions have now led to its cancellation.

OnFife, which runs the region’s theatres, museums, libraries and art galleries, said it was “with much regret” the show wouldn’t go on as a result of new Government Covid-19 guidelines around Fife’s Tier 2 status.

Michelle Sweeney, director of creative development, said: “This is a particularly hard blow for all our customers who have so enthusiastically welcomed an event that would still bring the sparkle and joy of theatre in the absence of panto this years.

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“It’s also devastating to all our teams who had worked so hard with Pitlochry Festival Theatre to create this amazing show and then, as restrictions changed over the weeks, had continued to adapt and modify the production to take it from an indoor to a magical outdoor experience. However, as not even outdoor theatre can take place now, we have had to accept it can’t go ahead.”

OnFife is now turning its full attention to its digital ShineOn Christmas programme to ensure some festive celebrations come to the Kingdom.

The box office will be contacting Magic of Christmas ticket-holders to arrange refunds.

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