Tuesday 21 December 2O21
Today the First Minister announced that from 26 December indoor events will be limited to 200 people or less with 1-metre social distancing in place for a minimum of three weeks.
This leaves us with no choice but to cancel all performances of our beloved Panto Sleeping Beauty at the King's Theatre and the very beautiful The Nutcracker at the Festival Theatre from 26 December inclusive onwards. This is because all such performances already have over 200 people booked in and running them at this reduced capacity would not be sustainable.
All customers booked into one of the affected performances will be contacted by box office and offered a credit note or a refund.
We ask for your patience while we deal with a high number of enquiries and transactions.
The Enormous Christmas Turnip which is playing in The Studio will still proceed under the new regulations and will continue until the end of its run on 31 December with 1-metre social distancing in place.
Fiona Gibson, CEO of Capital Theatres said:
"We are devastated to find ourselves in a position where keeping the King's and Festival Theatres open is simply not viable for this period, especially after we have worked so hard to build our business back up after 15 months of darkness.
It's a huge disappointment for our staff, the artists on stage and of course audiences for whom a visit to the theatre is often a highlight of the holiday period. A small consolation is that we can continue to entertain our youngest audience members in the studio with The Enormous Christmas Turnip.
These closures, which come at our busiest time of year, will have serious financial implications and we urge Scottish Government to clarify and administer the support available to the cultural sector as quickly as possible. Significant funding is needed to ensure that when we emerge from this latest pandemic crisis Scotland still has a theatre industry to cherish."