Tonight I was at the Gladstone Theatre in the lovely village of Port Sunlight to see Dreamworld Entertainment’s ‘Beauty and the Beast.' This is Dreamworld’s third professional pantomime at the Gladstone since the company was set up in 2016.
This Christmas The Black-E has successfully transformed itself into a castle and as a theatre in the round it delights in every sense and especially in writer Jessica Lea’s very Scouse take on affairs in this classic French fairy tale superbly directed by Sam Donovan.
The Players' Youth production of Cinderella is one of the best pantomimes I have ever seen – oh yes it is!
This panto has all the traditional elements that you expect: a singalong, plenty of audience participation, lots of "oh no you're not" and "behind you" but it also has a cheeky youthful aspect to it which is refreshing and absolutely hilarious.
It's that time of year again, oh yes it is. On national Panto Day the Regent Theatre Stoke-on-Trent opened this year’s pantomime in the form of the spellbinding Aladdin. The theatre was buzzing with young children and the young at heart excited to see this year’s pantomime offering.
York Theatre Royal’s Jack and the Beanstalk boasts the best giant in all the land. Big G’s (Scott Wallace) steals the show, being a real life giant on stage and waddling around without bumping into people.
It’s that time of year again (oh yes it is!). Christmas really wouldn’t be Christmas without the annual trip to a pantomime, a tradition that’s been a part of my life from a young age. This year’s local instalment at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre is “Mother Goose”, a story of a lonely widow - the aptly named Mother Goose. Played by Damian Williams, a regular returning pantomime Dame to Sheffield theatres, who is currently celebrating ten years of performing in Sheffield pantos, Mother Goose dreams of becoming beautiful, rich and famous.
A giant floppy, cuddly dog crawling across the stage got the audience’s attention as soon as the curtain rose, when Peter Pan came to a packed Hull New Theatre on Tuesday night.
That dog was Nana, nurse to Wendy, Michael and John Darling, whose bedroom is where the story begins.
QDOS Entertainment have returned to Manchester, and the Opera House to present this year’s festive offering, Dick Whittington. Whilst previous year’s Pantomimes have been great, the gulf in class and spectacular staging was evident to see tonight.
J. M. Barrie’s classic tale of a boy who never grows up, Peter Pan, has been delighting audiences since the very first production in 1904 and judging by the packed Epstein Theatre, Liverpool this evening, will continue to for many more years to come. Pantomime is a must see for generations of families and a great way to introduce kiddies to theatre where they don't have to sit still and be quiet all night.
It’s that most wonderful time of year again, with evergreens popping up on your living room, mince pies being gobbled by the handful and the traditional pantomime playing in theatres across the country.
This adaptation by Julian Bond is based upon what is considered the original panto of them all, ‘Harlequin and Mother Goose or the Golden Egg’, dating from the 1806 Drury Lane shows, which showcased the skills of the famous clown, Joey Grimaldi. In addition to what we now understood as panto, it also contained a ‘Harlequinade’ – a series of running gags and practical jokes with commedia dell’arte characters Harlequin, Columbine, Pantaloon, and Clown.
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