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Panto to go ahead despite travel restrictions

Last year's pantomime saw Peter Pan staged at the Gaiety Theatre

UK-based company will direct Manx cast virtually

The Christmas pantomime will go ahead at the Gaiety Theatre this year, despite border restrictions preventing the production company visiting the Island.

UK-based Shone Productions will direct this year's show virtually after the Council of Ministers turned down a travel exemption for the cast and support staff.

This year's panto will be Sleeping Beauty rather than the previously-advertised Snow White, four fewer shows will be put on, and an all-Island cast will be used.

The company's three-year contract to stage the annual production has been extended by one year as a result of the changes.

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