Pantomime

Mirror polished at the Octagon

ALL ready for  five weeks of fun and laughter, the Octagon company in Yeovil has made sure the mirror is polished and the apple is nice and red and juicy. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, on until Sunday 5th January, stars Lizzie Frances,  Thom Ford,  Jack Glanville, and Gordon Cooper. For more details, telephone …

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Robin and his Merry people in Salisbury

THIS year’s Salisbury Play­house pantomime is Robin Hood, running from Saturday 30th November until Satur­day 12th January. In the title role is will be Gio­vanni Spano, an X Factor win­ner who has played Meatloaf in Bat Out of Hell the Musical and starred in Footloose and Rip It Up – the 70s. Nurse Nora Virus,…

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Beans sprouting round the Lighthouse

POOLE’S Lighthouse panto­mime 2019/20 is Jack and the Beanstalk, last seen on that stage six years ago and this sea­son running from Thurs­day 12th December to Sun­day 5th January. The company is delighted to see that the beanstalk is al­ready growing, the cow is looking worried and our hero is ready to save the day…

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CinderELLA, Nuffield Theatre City, Southampton

AFTER the triumph of last year’s award-winning Christ­mas show, David Walliams’ Billionaire Boy, the city centre Nuffield Theatre had a hard act to follow, and has sensibly taken a very different approach for the 2019/20 production. This is the world’s favourite pantomime story, Cinderella, but not as you know it.  In Michael Fentiman’s adaptation, which…

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Peter wants your plastic!

GIANT problems don’t come much bigger than plastic – it’s choking our oceans and according to the World Wildlife Fund by 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Many of us are far more conscious about our use of plastics than ever before and people power has been instrumental in persuading…

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It’s that time of year again… oh yes it is!

BUDDING stars of stage and pantomime are invited to register for this year’s Young Company and Young Ensemble auditions for Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre pantomime. This year’s family show will be  Jack and the Beanstalk, which opens on Thursday 12th December and will run until Sunday 5th January. The Young Company auditions are for primary…

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Stars announced for Bath’s Beauty and the Beast

BATH Theatre Royal has a line-up of stars and local favourites for this year’s pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, which will run from 12th December to 12th January. Wendi Peters, a much-loved star of television and stage, will play Fairy Bon-Bon, alongside comedian Jon Monie, who has been delighting Bath audiences for many years, and…

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Panto award success for Lighthouse star Chris Jarvis

CHRIS Jarvis, who co-wrote, directed and played the title role of Dick Whittington, last year’s family pantomime at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre, was named Best Principal Boy in the Great British Panto Awards, hosted by Christopher Biggins. Chris, who saw off competition from three Peter Pans and an Aladdin, dedicated his award to “all the…

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Brian Conley will help Cinders go to the Plymouth ball

BRIAN Conley will star as Buttons in Cinderella at Plymouth Theatre Royal from 20th December to 18th January 2020. In a career spanning three decades, Brian has appeared in award-winning West End musicals and television sitcoms, presented his own chat shows, recorded three albums and completed numerous sell-out tours of the UK. Marianne Locatori, the…

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