Doncaster pantomime feud comes to an end as show is pulled

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The war between two rival pantomimes set to be staged in Doncaster this Christmas has come to an end after the plug was pulled on one of the shows.

Panto production firm Pantoni, which has produced the traditional festive show in the town for the last 15 years, had planned to go head to head with new £22 million theatre Cast by staging a show at Doncaster Racecourse.

Both Cast and the Racecourse were planning to stage Cinderella - but now only Cast will go ahead with its production after Pantoni owner David Lee decided to axe his show, just weeks after announcing it.

Mr Lee, who first produced a panto at the Civic Theatre in 1978, had decided to put on his own show after failing to agree a slot at Cast, which will replace the Civic when it opens on September 6.

But this week he said it would be “professional suicide” to stage the same show in the same town at the same time.

He added: “We were dismayed to discover Cast had announced that they too would be staging Cinderella. I have come to the mutual understanding that we should withdraw our intention to present pantomime

this season and give the opportunity for Cast to present their production. This will also avoid placing past loyal Civic Theatre pantomime patrons in the position of having to make a choice of which pantomime to visit.”

However, he hinted that the Raceourse would stage its own panto in 2014.

The Cast production of Cinderella will run from December 5-31 and tickets are on sale now.