Pantomime

Mother Goose, Yeovil Octagon

A FULL-fledged pantomime is back on stage at the Octagon in Yeovil this season, once again starring those local favourites Gordon Cooper, Jack Glanville and Lizzie Frances, and giving the audience a chance to join in – even behind the advisory masks. It’s Paul Hendy’s new version of Mother Goose, the timeliest of pantomime stories…

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Cinderella – the perfect panto for Bath

PANTOMIME comes back to Bath Theatre Royal this Christmas, and what better way to celebrate than with Cinderella – with the villainous Ugly Sisters, Fairy Godmother, a touching romance and magical transformations, it is “the perfect panto,” says comedian and Bath favourite Jon Monie, who has written the script for the show. After the lockdowns…

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First in-house panto for Lighthouse

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre will have its first ever in-house pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, from Thursday 9th to Friday 31st December. Beauty and the Beast features a cast headed by long-time Lighthouse friend Chris Jarvis and Michelle Collins, star of EastEnders and Coronation Street, who will be playing the glamorous wicked fairy Nightshade (pictured)….

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In Search of Cinderella, a peripatetic online pantomime

I WAS driving through nearby villages last week, and miserably missing all those posters advertising Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington (and of course Cinderella) that you’d expect to see taped to lamp-posts at this time of year. Covid-19 has scuppered all performances in early 2021, and those pantomimes have been a…

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It fits! I won! … Somerset’s own Cinderella

IT’s January! It’s dark! It’s cold! Christmas is over and we’re all in tiers and even tears! We’re fed up! We’re bored! We want some fun! We want some laughs! WE WANT A PANTOMIME! Of course you do. It’s that time of year. It’s only natural! But the theatres are all closed. The seats are…

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Jon Monie celebrates pantomime

IF you weren’t lucky enough to get to one of the few Christmas shows and Covid-year pantos, you can still enjoy a celebration of this great British tradition courtesy of the wit and invention of Bath Theatre Royal’s favourite panto star, Jon Monie. Jon, long-time partner of the late great Chris Harris, playing the sidekick…

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