Bristol Hippodrome offer free pantomime tickets to NHS workersPosted on: 16 Nov 2020
NHS staff and their families are invited to attend this December's opening performance of Robin Hood.
Bristol Hippodrome, in collaboration with theatre operators ATG, have announced plans to offer NHS staff and their families free tickets to the opening performance of this year's Christmas panto.
Announced back in October as part of an innovative nationwide project, a socially-distanced production of Robin Hood will be showing at the Bristol Hippodrome from Friday 18 December 2020 - Sunday 10 January 2021.
The show will follow UK Theatre's new See It Safely guidelines, which include dividing audience arrival times, maintaining social distancing across all theatre seating and contactless ticketing systems, minimising risk to audience members, performers and venue staff.
NHS staff can register for up to six tickets to the opening performance of Robin Hood on Friday 18 December via the Health Service Discounts website.
Having been forced to remain closed throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the Hippodrome's announcement that they'd be hosting a panto this year was welcome news for theatre fans across the city and beyond.
Created exclusively for the Hippodrome stage, Robin Hood promises to be an unforgettable celebration of traditional pantomime, brightening up the festive season and safely welcoming audiences back to the much-loved venue for the first time since March.
The all-star cast features revered Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood - who is something of a pantomime villain in his own regard - starring as the Sheriff of Nottingham, as well as comedian Matt Slack and beloved duo Richard Cadell & Sooty.
Tickets to our one-of-a-kind 2020 panto Robin Hood are on sale now! https://t.co/fC4PKsm9ll— Bristol Hippodrome (@BristolHipp) November 9, 2020
Join @CraigRevHorwood for an amazing socially-distanced pantomime from December 18 to January 10. We're so excited to welcome everyone back to the Hippo! ?? #BackOnStage #TheShowsWillGoOn pic.twitter.com/aQv5Xclfxh
Speaking on the announcement of the NHS ticketing scheme, Bristol Hippodrome Theatre Director, Ben Phillips, said: “I am literally over the moon at this fantastic news.
"I had finally accepted that 2020 would be my first year in the business there would be no panto when, right at the eleventh hour, a magical mix of Bristol Hippodrome, ATG, Qdos and the National Lottery made mine and many others' dreams come true!
“I’m even more thrilled that we are gifting all tickets to the first performance of Robin Hood to NHS workers and their families as a way of saying thank you for their efforts and dedication during what has been a difficult time for us all.
"We hope this will bring them some much-needed joy as they continue to work through the pandemic.”
To apply for free NHS staff tickets to the opening performance of Robin Hood on Friday 18 December, head to the Health Service Discounts website.
The ballot for registration is open from today (Monday 16 November), with successful applicants set to be notified by Monday 7 December.
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