By Mario Ledwith and Jason Groves for the Daily Mail
Published: 23:34 BST, 8 October 2020 | Updated: 10:34 BST, 9 October 2020
Pantomime season has been saved as plans being announced today will enable audiences to attend festive performances.
Cash-strapped theatres will receive money from a private fund to cover the cost of the seats that they have to leave empty to comply with social distancing measures.
The plan to revive theatre-going is being funded by Camelot.
The National Lottery operator approached Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden with an offer of help after he came under mounting pressure to support arts bodies.
Pantomimes are expected to take place at theatres including the London Palladium, which normally seats an audience of more than 2,200, as part of the deal.
Pantomime season has been saved as plans being announced today will enable audiences to attend festive performances (stock image)
Last month, Mr Dowden said his officials