Swanage Rep show postponed after positive Covid test

The opening nights of Swanage theatre’s flagship summer show, The Princess and the Pauper, have been delayed at the last minute because a member of the production team has tested positive for Covid.

Staff at The Mowlem were subsequently contacted by Test and Trace and are now having to self-isolate. Their absence has left the theatre with a shortage of staff.


In a statement The Mowlem said:

“This is an extremely difficult decision for both Swanage Rep Theatre Company and The Mowlem, but our top priority is the well-being of the customers, staff and production crew.”

The Princess and the Pauper
Danny Kaan

Rhiannon Jones as the Pauper with Hannah Brownlie playing the Princess in rehearsals earlier this month

Return of Rep

A spokesperson for the production company said:

“We are following all government guidance and are committed to delivering this production and the rest of the season safely and enjoyably for the people of Swanage and beyond.

“The Princess and The Pauper is a truly beautiful piece that we are all extremely proud of and cannot wait to share.”

The Princess and the Pauper musical was due to open tomorrow Tuesday 17th August 2021. But it will now not start until next Tuesday 24th August 2021. It runs until Saturday 28th August 2021.

The show is a reworking of the classic story Mark Twain story the Prince and the Pauper and integrates sign language into the performance. It was meant to mark the return to the stage of the Swanage Rep Theatre Company after the Covid crisis.

Stage set for The Princess and the Pauper at The Mowlem
Swanage Rep

The stage is all set for The Princess and the Pauper at The Mowlem

“Please show your support”

The cinema showings will still go ahead as planned, and additional screenings are being organised. Further updates will appear on the theatre’s social media.

Those who have tickets for any of the cancelled shows should wait to be contacted by one of the team at The Mowlem, but they are warned to be patient.

The Princess and the Pauper will now run for just one week from Tuesday 24th August 2021.

Theatre lovers are urged:

“Please show your support for Swanage Rep and The Mowlem by continuing to book tickets!”

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Tickets can be booked via The Mowlem Box office or via its website

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