'World's biggest Snow White pantomime' starring Mel B postponed
The world's biggest pantomime production of Snow White, set to star Mel B and Rylan Clark-Neal, has been postponed due to illness.
Organisers Arena Panto Ltd said they made the "tough decision" to postpone the show until December 2017 after producer and writer Jon Conway was forced to drop out after a recent illness.
The production would have reunited singer Mel B with Jon, who gave her her first big break in a pantomime in her home town of Leeds, before she found fame with the Spice Girls.
She was set to play the Scary Queen and co-produce the show, while starring alongside Rylan as one of her henchman, Take Me Out's Paddy McGuinness as court jester and Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace as Snow White's parents.
A spokesman for the organisers explained: "As the creative force of the project, plus script writer and show director as well as executive producer, Conway has been fundamental to every aspect of the show, therefore, the tough decision has been made to postpone the event 12 months to December 2017.
"Further details regarding the 2017 performances and the cast will be announced later this year."
Rylan added: "Mel B and Vincent and Flavia join me in sending our best wishes to Jon and his family and wish him a speedy recovery.
"I hope we all get to work together in the near future and put on a great show for everyone to see."
A 45ft castle, water and fire effects and a cast of 100 performers with a 30-piece marching band was planned for the £2 million production, due to be performed at the Barclay Card arena in Birmingham from December 19-22 and the SSE Arena in Wembley from December 28-30.
Tickets already purchased will be valid for the new dates when announced. Customers are advised to contact their point of purchase if they need a refund.