Hundreds of National Lottery players will have the chance to go to their local panto for free this Christmas as a thank you for raising £30 million each week for Good Causes across the UK, helping support projects at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic.
With 1,200 tickets up for grabs, players will have the chance to take their household or support bubble to a once in a lifetime production of Robinson Crusoe at Theatre Royal Plymouth, helping them enjoy some much-needed magic and festive cheer with their families this Christmas.
Starring Les Dennis, Connor McIntyre, Simon Webbe, Andy Ford and Jennie Dale, and many more, this year’s specially created, one-act production will open on Saturday 12 December. To take up the offer, National Lottery players will need to apply for tickets via the Theatre Royal Plymouth Eventbrite page. Tickets will not be available via the Box Office.
Tickets are available across most performances and have been split into groups varying from 1 to 6 people, in accordance with the current UK legislation regarding single households and support bubbles.
National Lottery players need simply select which performance they would like to attend, and group size they need, and fill in their details prior to submitting their request. They will be contacted by the Box Office with further details nearer the date of the performance. Tickets are subject to availability and on a first come, first served basis. National Lottery players are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment And will need to present a valid National Lottery product alongside their pantomime tickets when attending the theatre. For full terms and conditions, please visit National Lottery Plymouth Ticket Giveaway.
This year, thanks to National Lottery players, up to £800M is being used by charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak across the communities, the arts, heritage and sport. This includes up to £400M in funding support from the National Lottery Community Fund which is being used to help groups best placed to support people and communities through the crisis – from helping support food banks to causes that combat loneliness and isolation, support for the elderly and projects that aid health in the community.
Thanks to support from The National Lottery, Plymouth audiences will once again enjoy the magic and festive cheer the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s annual pantomime brings to thousands of theatregoers every Christmas. The initiative between The National Lottery and Qdos Entertainment, which is providing financial support for Theatre Royal Plymouth and nine other theatres across the country, will allow them to stage this year’s socially distanced, live production of Robinson Crusoe, and continue the venue’s lengthy pantomime history.
Robinson Crusoe will be packed full of comedy routines, audience-safe participation and all the unmissable magic that Plymouth audiences have come to expect from their annual festive pantomime. The TRP auditorium will be fully-reconfigured to allow for social distancing between audience parties, with staggered entry times and entry checks for all audience members to ensure their safety at all times.
A spokesperson from Theatre Royal Plymouth said: “We’re delighted to join up with The National Lottery to offer their players the chance to see our production of Robinson Crusoe for free this Christmas. National Lottery players make a huge contribution and this is a thank you for the £30m they raise each week, helping support projects at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are thrilled to be able to provide audiences with festive entertainment during what has been a challenging time for the sector and we are incredibly grateful to The National Lottery for their support, without which we would not have been able to proceed.”
For further information, and to secure their tickets, National Lottery players can visit the National Lottery Plymouth Ticket Giveaway.