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CURTAINS DOWN: St Albans panto performances cancelled due to asbestos concerns 

 Published on: 19th December 2021   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

A number of pantomime performances at the Alban Arena in St Albans have been cancelled due to a “potential asbestos-related issue”.

Several performances of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs have been cancelled to allow the council to investigate the issue.

The show was first cancelled on Thursday (December 16) to allow investigations to begin, with the council confirming that performances up to and including December 22 have been cancelled.

Tony Marmo, head of commercial and development at St Albans City and District Council, said: “Last night’s (December 16) panto at the Alban Arena had to be cancelled at short notice so that the council could deal with a potential asbestos-related issue that emerged yesterday. 

“A building condition survey recommended a number of additional technical tests which were subsequently commissioned.  The results of the tests were received late yesterday afternoon and one of them has indicated a need for further investigation. 

“The council asked 1Life, which runs the theatre on its behalf, to cancel Thursday’s performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as a safety precaution. 

“The council is meeting with contractors at the theatre today to find out the extent of the situation and to work out how long the theatre needs to remain closed.

“We are very sorry indeed for the inconvenience and disappointment that this will mean for families and friends, especially after the year everyone has had. 

“Unfortunately, though the risks are thought to be very low as no airborne particles have been detected, with asbestos we need to take swift action as a safety precaution. We will know more when our contractors have completed their investigations.

“We are working with our partners 1Life to keep people updated and will confirm whether other performances will be impacted as soon as possible, but at this stage we can confirm all performances up to and including Wednesday, December 22, have been regretfully cancelled. 

“1Life will be in contact with all affected ticket holders within the next few days with their options. The opportunity to move tickets to the Aladdin panto currently running at the Eric Morecambe Centre in Harpenden is immediately available for ticket holders who wish to take up this opportunity.”

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