YOU shall not go to the ball - this year.

Mayflower Theatre pantomime Cinderella is moving to Christmas 2021.

The show, which was due to run this Christmas, has been rescheduled amid continuing uncertainty over when theatres can reopen following their lengthy coronavirus closure.

Cinderella will star Craig Revel Horwood as The Wicked Stepmother and Debbie McGee as The Fairy Godmother, as well as Richard Cadell & Sooty.

All customers with tickets to Cinderella will be contacted soon to move to the new dates in 2021/22.

Theatre bosses are working on offering some alternative festive magic this Christmas.

Mayflower Theatre chief executive Michael Ockwell told the Chronicle: “With the current government guidance still unclear on when venues can open without social distancing in place and the latest announcement that no decision will be made until November, we have decided with our pantomime partner Qdos Entertainment to postpone the production of Cinderella until Christmas 2021. We will contact customers directly in due course to move their bookings on a year.

“We do not want Christmas to be cancelled for our customers completely so we are working with our producing partner to hopefully present some alternative magical entertainment this Christmas if possible – watch this space!”

Mayflower Theatre is asking customers not to contact the theatre but to wait until they are contacted.

The Mayflower’s annual panto is usually among the most popular shows of the year attracting tens of thousands of people from across the region.