York Barbican's Dick Whittington pantomime called off

York Press: Dick Whittington photocall at York Barbican earlier this year. Dick Whittington photocall at York Barbican earlier this year.

A MAJOR event in York’s festive calendar has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

The promoters of this year’s York Barbican pantomime, Dick Whittington, announced yesterday that the show has been cancelled, just over two weeks before the first performance.

The show, which was due to star Cbeebies star Alex Winters, Strictly Come Dancing’s Chloe Madeley, daughter of Richard and Judy, Coronation Street’s Danny Young and Bad Girls’ Kim Taylforth, was promoted by Kent-based company Blue Genie, who also promoted last year’s pantomime Cinderella.

A spokeswoman for the Barbican said despite the success of last year’s pantomime, which starred Tracy Beaker’s Dani Harmer, ticket sales and public response to this year’s event had been “less enthusiastic”.

She said: “We are obviously disappointed at the decision, but feel it is better to let everyone know as early as possible so that they can make alternative plans. There are tickets available for the pantomime at the Theatre Royal and we hope families will still be able to enjoy this traditional festive entertainment."

The spokeswoman said anyone who had already bought a ticket for Dick Whittington should to go to their point of purchase for a full refund, including any booking fees.

Nobody from Blue Genie was available for comment.

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10:43am Fri 6 Dec 13

Feb Matters says...

There are also tickets available for Snow White at the Grand Opera House York
There are also tickets available for Snow White at the Grand Opera House York Feb Matters

11:21am Fri 6 Dec 13

razzledazzleyork says...

This is a shame. We’d booked to see this as a family and like with many people, going to panto is a family tradition for few generations. All is not lost though – have just re-booked to see Snow White at Grand Opera House. Hooray!!!
This is a shame. We’d booked to see this as a family and like with many people, going to panto is a family tradition for few generations. All is not lost though – have just re-booked to see Snow White at Grand Opera House. Hooray!!! razzledazzleyork

1:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Beeee! says...

razzledazzleyork wrote:
This is a shame. We’d booked to see this as a family and like with many people, going to panto is a family tradition for few generations. All is not lost though – have just re-booked to see Snow White at Grand Opera House. Hooray!!!
Oh no you haven't...
[quote][p][bold]razzledazzleyork[/bold] wrote: This is a shame. We’d booked to see this as a family and like with many people, going to panto is a family tradition for few generations. All is not lost though – have just re-booked to see Snow White at Grand Opera House. Hooray!!![/p][/quote]Oh no you haven't... Beeee!

2:30pm Fri 6 Dec 13

The Grim Reaper says...

Oh yes they did......
Oh yes they did...... The Grim Reaper

3:41pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Carebear2 says...

Disappointed that we've lost out on seeing this panto, but at least we've been able to get tickets for Snow White at the Grand Opera House now - much more in keeping with this style of panto!
Disappointed that we've lost out on seeing this panto, but at least we've been able to get tickets for Snow White at the Grand Opera House now - much more in keeping with this style of panto! Carebear2

3:48pm Fri 6 Dec 13

druett75 says...

I phoned yesterday and was told I would be fully refunded and still havent!! How long is it going to take they could at least get the refunds sorted asap!!!
I phoned yesterday and was told I would be fully refunded and still havent!! How long is it going to take they could at least get the refunds sorted asap!!! druett75

4:22pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Woody G Mellor says...

druett75 wrote:
I phoned yesterday and was told I would be fully refunded and still havent!! How long is it going to take they could at least get the refunds sorted asap!!!
Ahhh, shut ya face!
[quote][p][bold]druett75[/bold] wrote: I phoned yesterday and was told I would be fully refunded and still havent!! How long is it going to take they could at least get the refunds sorted asap!!![/p][/quote]Ahhh, shut ya face! Woody G Mellor

4:58pm Fri 6 Dec 13

rodney'sdog says...

Don't worry - all yOur troubles are behind you!
Don't worry - all yOur troubles are behind you! rodney'sdog

5:29pm Fri 6 Dec 13

pedalling paul says...

rodney'sdog wrote:
Don't worry - all yOur troubles are behind you!
Oh yes they are.................
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[quote][p][bold]rodney'sdog[/bold] wrote: Don't worry - all yOur troubles are behind you![/p][/quote]Oh yes they are................. . pedalling paul

5:34pm Fri 6 Dec 13

non pedalling pete says...

Too many pantomimes in York and only one worth missing a nights sleep to get tickets for.soon be 28th of February but you do see some interesting sights.
Too many pantomimes in York and only one worth missing a nights sleep to get tickets for.soon be 28th of February but you do see some interesting sights. non pedalling pete

10:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

browbeaten says...

Pantomime when i saw the headline thought it was something to do with york city council !
Pantomime when i saw the headline thought it was something to do with york city council ! browbeaten

10:38am Sat 7 Dec 13

oxford exile says...

i bet chloe madeley loves being labelled as richard and judys daughter..but then she is and has done nothing of any note, except skate a bit and be a "researcher" on...wait for it....the richard and judy show..nepotism is alive in well,,!
i bet chloe madeley loves being labelled as richard and judys daughter..but then she is and has done nothing of any note, except skate a bit and be a "researcher" on...wait for it....the richard and judy show..nepotism is alive in well,,! oxford exile

9:01pm Sun 8 Dec 13

the_wasp says...

The press called this pantomime a major event in yorks festive calendar. Ha ha ha what a lie! York is not big enough to have three pantomimes!!!!
The press called this pantomime a major event in yorks festive calendar. Ha ha ha what a lie! York is not big enough to have three pantomimes!!!! the_wasp

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