ST Helens Theatre Royal has taken the decision to cancel a performance of its pantomime after a crew member tested positive for Covid-19.

A sold out performance today (Wednesday, December 15) of Goldilocks and the Three Bears was cancelled with theatre bosses saying they will be closely monitoring the situation.

A spokesperson for the theatre said: "Unfortunately, one of the crew has tested positive for Covid this morning, so for the safety of cast, crew, staff and the public, we have had to cancel today's performance. "We are doing our upmost to reschedule any attenders booked in for today’s show.

"The company are doing daily lateral flow tests and will do another tonight and at 8am tomorrow morning, if all is well the shows will continue from tomorrow."

St Helens Theatre Royal has been granted the use of the Society Of London Theatre & UK Theatre’s ‘See It Safely’ mark. This certifies that the venue is complying with Government and industry Covid-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of staff, performers, and audiences.

St Helens Theatre Royal has a range of Covid-secure measures in place. They include increased cleaning, hand sanitiser stations at points throughout the building, and a QR code phone app for audiences to order food and beverages to be delivered to them at their seats.

Customers are asked to continue to wear face coverings (unless exempt) as a courtesy to others, and are being encouraged to take a lateral flow test up to 48 hours before attending a show. People are asked not to visit the theatre if they have Covid symptoms. Meanwhile theatre staff are taking daily Covid tests.