I’m almost certain, most of us are familiar with the story of The Wizard of Oz, if you’re not it’s the bright, warm, fuzzy tale of how best friends, and even better shoes can change a girl’s life.
When you think of pantomimes, you probably think of the once a year treat in the lead up to Christmas to get you in the festive spirit. However, the Easter Panto Tour are currently touring the UK with their version of Beauty and the Beast in an effort to break that tradition and convince us that we should visit panto land more than once a year.
Such a fun show to watch! Alice and Wonderland the Panto at Blackpool Grand Theatre really shows the talent of all the young performing arts students of Blackpool. The storyline of Alice and Wonderland was well portrayed throughout the Panto journey and brought fun and laughter to all the children in the audience. The show is well put together and is aimed at an audience of families and children but I felt that the younger children were more involved and participated in parts.
Every time I venture over the Pennines to see a Manor Operatic show I have to remind myself that they are classed as an amateur company. I also have to remember to pack a finer toothcomb each trip in order to help me analyse their productions in greater detail as they get better year on year.
I’d like to start with people who sometimes get overlooked in reviews, the unsung heroes and for me, tonight’s shining stars and they are the Scenic Artists... People say “the stage crew were great, seamless” but no-one ever really mentions the actual set. The scenes created for this pantomime were very well done. From the woodland to Baron Hardup’s kitchen – all with excellent detail. Over the top, but superbly so... Well done to the artistic team for their talents.
Qdos Entertainment have really hit all the markers with this year’s Christmas pantomime. The Liverpool Empire Theatre was almost completely full this evening. Based on the fairytale, this is a traditional pantomime with modern elements, director Bob Tomson has a wealth of talent to work with and a has a real family friendly hit on his hands.
Amazing. Surreal. Hilarious. These are the only words that can possibly be applied to The Grand OId Dame of York panto (co-directed by Berwick Kaler and Damian Cruden), an explosion of colour, music and laughter that is surely guaranteed to bring the whole family together this festive season.
Pantos these days tend to be either trying too hard to be cool, or old school daftness that harks back to a more innocent time, and this version of the evergreen Aladdin is decidedly in the latter camp.
Oh, yes it is.
Well, what a great way to start off the festive period with the wonderful panto. I am sure many of you are aware of the magical story of Aladdin and I am one hundred percent sure you already know what a pantomime is. Combine the two and you get everything you wish for in a panto at the New Wimbledon Theatre.
Christmas is fast approaching and as such panto season is getting into full swing! Sheffield Theatres serves up another festive treat with their latest pantomime Peter Pan. The Sets are lavish, the costumes are loud and there is more than spectacle than you can shake a stick at.
According to Prince Charming, I am an “excitable, squeaky, pilot”, and who am I to argue with a royal prince?
As masses of theatregoers took to their seats at the Hull New Theatre on Tuesday night, for the festive pantomime, Cinderella, a glance inside the programme led me to take the “Prince’s Personality Test”.
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