Pantomime

Generous Peter Pan audiences

THE audiences at Southamp­ton’s Mayflower Theatre panto, Peter Pan, gave more than £20,000 for two  charities – Saints Foundation and Great Ormond Street Hospital. Bucket collections at the end of each performance from 14th December 2019 to 5th January 2020 raised an amazing £20,700, which will be split between the two charities.

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The Lytchett Matraversish play

AS all theatre lovers know, you don’t mention the name of Shakespeare’s “Scottish play’ any more than that of JK Rowling’s arch villain Lord V… But the convention’s a bit different when Macbeth – the Panto­mime takes to the stage in the tender care of Castle Players, at Lytchett Matrav­ers on 24th, 25th and 31st Jan­u­ary…

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Deep sleep at Bell Street

THE pantomime at Shaftes­bury Arts Centre this year, on various dates from Sun­day 19th January to Saturday 1st February, is Sleeping Beauty, in the version written by Stephen Duckham. With all the traditional pantomime ingredients – magic, music, laughter and of course the dreaded spinning wheel – it tells the story of the beautiful Princess…

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Fe Fi Fo Fum at the Regent

HIGHCLIFFE Charity Play­­ers have returned to the story of Jack and the Beanstalk after 15 years for the 2020 panto, on stage at the Reg­ent in Christchurch from Sat­ur­day 18th to Satur­day 25th Janu­ary. When Jack is duped into selling his beloved family cow for a bag of “magic” beans, his mother, the outrageous Dame…

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Giant ambitions for Israeli actor

IT certainly needs giant’s footsteps to make the journey from Israeli intelligence to pantomime in Poole – but that’s the unlikely path that led Yuval Shwartsman from conscripted military service in Israel to playing Giant Blunderbuss at the Lighthouse arts centre. At school Yuval was the class clown who made people laugh but, wracked by…

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Naughty thieves at Street

THERE’S a children’s pantomime on stage at Strode Theatre in Street on Saturday 21st December Barking Dog brings its specially adapted Ali Baba and the Naughty Thieves for two performances, at 11am and 2.30pm. If your little ones are just a smidgin too young for the full-blown panto experience, this might be the solution. It’s…

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Flying over the Mayflower

MARTI Pellow and Darren Day lead the cast in the Southampton Mayflower pantomime, Peter Pan, until 5th January. They are joined in this spectacular family show by Jaymi Hensley and The Grumbleweeds. Marti plays the villain of the piece, Captain Hood, with Darren as his right hand man, Smee.  Jaymi, best known as a member…

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Beauty and the Beast, Bath Theatre Royal

PANTOMIME should be all about enchantment and lau­ghter, and you won’t find a more magical or funny example than Jon Monie’s version of Beauty and the Beast, at Bath until 12th January. The script was first performed last season in Black­pool, where it won a new panto of the year award. Now, back on Jon’s…

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Jack and the Beanstalk, Poole Lighthouse

IF it is beautiful costumes, ex­cellent singing, great choice of classic pop songs and an unu­s­ually strong company that you want from pantomime, head for Poole’s Lighthouse, where Peter Duncan’s new adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk is on stage until 5th January. Perhaps best known for his two stints in Blue Peter in the…

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Dick Whittington at Bristol Hippodrome

ON the face of it, this show is a big production with wonderful special effects, spectacular scenery and costumes, and a large cast. Thanks to the tremendous work of lighting and sound  dir­ectors Matt Clutterman and Dan Samson, the speciality costumes of Mike Colt­man and The Twins FX visual effects, which include a giant King…

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