Panto feud is at an end as show is pulled

The war between 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 a 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, weeks after announcing it.

Mr Lee, who first produced 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 he said it would be ‘professional suicide’ to go head to head.

He added: “I have come to the mutual understanding that we should withdraw our intention to present pantomime and give the opportunity for Cast to present their production.”

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