James Haddrell reveals Greenwich Theatre Challenges During Pantomime Season

James Haddrell, Greenwich Theatre’s Artistic Director explains some of the difficulties during the run of our pantomime, The Queen Of Hearts, 2021 in the South London Press. He also outlines that at the core of the Theatre is the commitment to deliver high-quality productions that are accessible to all and widens the experience of theatre for our immediate and wider communities.


James Haddrell, Greenwich Theatre Artistic Director


The last three weeks at Greenwich Theatre have been among the hardest I’ve spent there, and I’ve worked at the theatre in various roles for 20 years.

We saw Covid sweep through the company, and while most of those affected had only mild symptoms we saw every member of the acting company test positive, along with half of the stage management team and then, at the end, one of the musicians.


The story of Greenwich Theatre throughout the pandemic has been one of optimism, and although the last few weeks have been a huge challenge, that’s how we will continue.

We have never cancelled anything unless we absolutely had to, we have never let any staff go, and we have never stopped communicating with our audiences – sharing shows online, engaging people in writing and performance challenges, running professional advice sessions and making shows cast entirely from emerging or marginalized performers.


Read the full article via the South London Press here

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