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Coronavirus Statement

To ensure the continued enjoyment and safety of our audiences for this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat, we are introducing two new measures at Norwich Theatre Royal.

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Norwich Theatre remains ready to respond to any and all new instruction and guidance issued by the Government, to support efforts to combat COVID-19, whilst continuing in our own efforts to safely provide our audiences with some much-needed festive fun. To ensure the continued enjoyment and safety of our audiences for this year’s pantomime, Dick Whittington and his Cat, we are introducing two new measures at Norwich Theatre Royal.

The auditorium doors will now open an hour ahead of the show starting to provide more time and space for audience members to take their seats and avoid any congestion in our front of house spaces.

We are also creating more space front of house at Norwich Theatre Royal by repurposing our Prelude restaurant from Boxing Day as an extended bar area for audiences to enjoy their drinks and refreshments before the show and during the interval. Hot food is still available from the Long Bar buffet.

Our cloakroom will remain closed and we are asking audiences to plan ahead and where possible limit the number of bags and clothing taken into the auditorium.

In addition, in line with the latest advice from the Government for people to be as safe as possible to limit the spread of Covid-19, we are now also advising visitors and customers to take a lateral flow test before visiting. There will be no requirement to show proof of results, but we encourage this to help keep everyone safe. Anyone who tests positive should not come, and instead speak to the Box Office as soon as possible.

Face masks for customers and visitors, except those under the age of 11 or who are medically exempt, are now mandatory at all times in the theatre, including in the auditorium, except when eating or drinking. All of our staff will continue to wear masks at all times. Other measures in place include hand sanitisers, enhanced cleaning, air purifiers and the auditorium misting system.

Norwich Theatre’s pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat at Norwich Theatre Royal is running as planned to the delight of audiences and excellence reviews, with extra measures in place such as increased daily tests and zoning backstage to keep performers, crew and audiences safe.

The safety of everyone who works at or visits Norwich Theatre and its three venues is hugely important and we are incredibly grateful to all our visitors and customers who are so supportive of the measures we have put in place. We hope you continue to enjoy the pantomime this festive season!

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