In a bid to reduce the use of single use plastics at The Victoria Theatre, the venue has made the decision to no longer sell disposable plastic flashing toys at this year’s pantomime Beauty and the Beast. The theatre is also mindful of feedback from customers and the pantomime performers who have described the flashing toys as a distraction during the show, and especially can spoil some of the stage special effects. As a result, visitors to the pantomime are being asked not to purchase plastic toys from anywhere before the show, as they will not be allowed into the theatre.
Instead the Victoria Theatre is delighted to announce that they will be selling a new range of higher quality toys at this year’s pantomime. It is hoped that these new toys will encourage pantomime visitors and their children to make and share stories inspired by their pantomime experience and that the toys will be used for years to come. The new range includes a selection of hand puppets, finger puppets and pencils with playful toppers with more choice of souvenirs that will make excellent Christmas gifts.
Tim Fagan, The Victoria Theatre Theatres Manager said:
“Plastic pollution is a global issue and whilst this is a small step, we hope that this is just one step closer to encouraging our organisation and guests to think more about the use of single use plastic. We are also looking at other environmental initiatives and are trialling recycling solutions in the venue in the coming months.”
Beauty and the Beast runs at the Victoria Theatre from Saturday 14 December to Sunday 5 January.