The annual Penarth Christmas pantomime – normally staged at the Paget Rooms – could be held in January in the larger Dinas Powys Parish Hall .
Yesterday it was revealed that comedian Owen Money’s Rainbow Productions company had terminated negotiations over holding the January 2019 panto in the Paget Rooms because Penarth Town Council was demanding an unprecedented 40% slice of the total box-office receipts – double what it received in January this year.
Last night, however, Dinas Powys Community Council passed a motion from Conservative Councillor Edward Jenkins proposing that the Dinas Council should enter into discussions with Rainbow Productions to stage the panto at the Dinas Powys Community Hall.
The Parish Hall (full name St Andrew’s Parish Hall) on Britway Road is actually larger than the Paget Rooms in Penarth and has capacity for almost 250 people – far more than can be accommodated in the Paget Rooms.
The Clerk of the council told councillors at last night’s meeting that the matter was now “in hand”.
Many villagers from Dinas Powys regularly travel to Penarth in January with their children to attend the traditional panto at the Paget Rooms. Local residents are now looking forward to the possibility of having the panto staged on their own doorstep
Negotiations will now take place between the Dinas Powys Community Council and Rainbow Productions which – if successful – could mean that for everyone in Penarth and Dinas Powys there will still be a top-quality local panto to attend .