Cinderella, the first pantomime to be produced by the theatre in more than three decades, has been postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has seen theatres close their doors worldwide.
The safety and welfare of the audience, artists and employees was also a key factor in the decision to postpone, a statement from the Lichfield Street theatre said.
Adrian Jackson, CEO and artistic director, said: “It has been an enormously difficult decision to postpone this year’s pantomime which, during the lifetime of the Grand Theatre, has become a tradition loved by many generations of families.
"We will continue to work hard during the next 18 months, and we will present our spectacular pantomime during the festive season next year.
"Cinderella is one of the most magical pantomimes and we will create something very special for Grand Theatre audiences.
"It will be very sad not to be welcoming our loyal patrons to panto this Christmas, however I encourage audiences to please stay with us for 2021, which I know will be a fantastic year.”
Ticket holders have been automatically transferred to the equivalent performance with the same seats next year.
The theatre will send individual correspondence to everyone affected outlining the options available.
Pantomime sponsor Dudley Zoo and Castle has also pledged its support by transferring their sponsorship to next year.
All remaining productions for 2020 have either been transferred to new dates or have been cancelled.
West End hits Everybody's Talking About Jamie and 9 To 5 The Musical will be among the first shows to open at the Grand in the new year.
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