With Norfolk moving into tier 4 restrictions it meant the early closure of The Hippodrome Great Yarmouth’s Christmas Spectacular on Christmas eve.
This meant that over 30 performances had to be cancelled including their New Year’s Eve special which is one of the historic buildings biggest nights of the year.
Building owner Peter Jay said “New Year’s Eve is really special at The Hippodrome with audiences experiencing our amazing show, followed by a huge countdown and party to end it all. It’s become a tradition for hundreds of people who sell out the performances.”
There were 3 sold out performances planned for the day which have now been cancelled so The Jay family are planning on a unique Free streaming event for audiences.
Producer and Ringmaster Jack Jay said ‘ We have had hundreds of people getting in touch since the closure so upset that they cannot come along to these special shows, along with people who are having to shield or isolate.
So we thought why not make the show available on New Year’s Eve and give people the chance to experience the magic from their very own home. We really hope it will be a boost to those who are alone or can’t be with loved ones this New Year.’
Viewers will be able to access a special Premiere of the full Christmas show and New Year’s Eve party via YouTube and Facebook at 7pm on New Year’s Eve (Thursday) which will mean an amazing shared viewing experience for families tuning in. The video will then be online if people want to watch it later to see in the new year.
Company director Ben Jay said ‘We want to do this as a gift to our amazing audiences who have supported us through the toughest times this year, its completely free and whilst there is nothing quite like being in the magical Hippodrome itself, this will be the closest thing!’
The New Year’s Eve Hippodrome Special will be available on their official YouTube channel from 7pm New Year’s Eve