The Victoria Theatre in Halifax has announced it is no longer selling plastic toys at its Christmas pantomime in a bid to reduce the waste of single-use plastics.
It will instead sell hand puppets, finger puppets and pencils at this year’s Beauty and the Beast panto.
Disposable plastic toys and toys with flashing lights will also be banned from the auditorium, as performers claim they are a distraction, and ruin the special effects.
Venue manager Tim Fagan said: “Plastic pollution is a global issue and while this is a small step, we hope it is just one step closer to encouraging our organisation and guests to think more about using single-use plastics.
“We are also looking at other environmental initiatives and we are trialling recycling solutions in the venue in the coming months,” he added.
It comes as more theatres commit to increased sustainability and reducing their overall carbon footprint.
Beauty and the Beast runs from December 14 to January 5.