It’s not such a ‘Merry Christmas’ for hundreds of Adam Thomas fans as they got news that his panto performance has been axed – by a note on the theatre door.
The former Emmerdale actor was the main event in popular pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, showing in Newcastle.
But with two performances left to do in the run, the show has been cancelled – leaving hundreds of ticket-holders out in the cold. Literally.
Fans showed up to the Times Square venue in Newcastle, keen to see Adam play Jack. But a make-shift sign taped to the door said the pantomime had to be closed due to heating problems.
Twitter was awash with disappointed fans calling the sudden closure of the show ‘absolutely shocking’ and ‘a shambles’.
One disappointed dad even reached out to Adam to see if he could do anything personally.
But according to a source the real reason for the show’s sudden demise was down to the actors in the show walking out over a serious pay dispute.
The source told The Mirror: “They’ve repeatedly been promised payment and it hasn’t materialised. It was promised again yesterday but didn’t come.”
“Significant money is missing. Some of the cast members have been evicted from their digs because they weren’t paid either.”
It’s believed the pantomime production company had agreed to cover the cast’s living arrangements for the duration of their time in the show, but hadn’t kept their side of the bargain.
Adam himself had also speculated that the production company perhaps weren’t the most professional after one of his tweets alluded to their poor business management.
And former Corrie star Denise Welch, who was also in the panto’s original line-up, quit her role as Mother Nature a few weeks ago.
It is thought that Denise also stepped away from her commitments to the show due to issues with pay and the ‘chaotic’ rehearsals.
Altogether now, “Boooooooooo!”