Its that point of yr once more, OH YES IT IS! Pocket Measurement Theatre’s 2022 Pantomime Preview | Pocket Measurement Theatre
Its that point of yr once more, OH YES IT IS! Pocket Measurement Theatre’s 2022 Pantomime Preview
This yr the Pantomime headlines shall be grabbed by the 2 star-led, high-production worth exhibits in London on the London Palladium and the Duke of York however there are many different superb exhibits all-round the UK providing an excellent Christmas household journey to the theatre. The Pantomime web site ITS BEHIND YOU DOT COM – The Magic of Pantomime diary lists round 250 skilled pantomimes across the nation this yr, so there may be sure to be a present close to you. The Charity UK Pantomime Affiliation seeks to have a good time the perfect of Pantomime with its Awards and previous winners are one information to which exhibits to guide for.
The London Palladium makes a welcome return to correct storytelling pantomime this yr after two variety-style productions with Jack and The Beanstalk and we will count on some stage magic for the climactic finish of Act 1 climbing the beanstalk scene. Nevertheless, it’s the addition of Alexandra Burke (2021 Finest Legendary Being Pantomime award winner) and Daybreak French (2019 Finest Villain Nominee ) that basically catches the attention. They be part of the acquainted line up together with Julian Clary (Finest Principal boy 2017 winner) so count on some outrageous grownup double entendre, Paul Zerdin and Nigel Havers. These spectaculars have gained, Finest Particular Results 2017 & 2018, Finest Musical achievement & Finest staging 2017, Finest main man, Villain, Script, and Finest Pantomime in 2018 and Finest Ensemble & Finest Costumes in 2020.
Down in Covent Backyard on the Duke of York, Sir Ian Mckellan returns to the place he triumphed as King Lear as Mom Goose with the sensible John Bishop as her husband Vic, and Anna-Jane Casey because the Goose. After the London run, they tour to Chichester, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Oxford, Dublin and Cardiff till the top of March recreating a Nineteenth-century custom of Pantomimes operating exterior of the Christmas season. On the Lyric Hammersmith (2021 Finest Panto, script and supporting actress) they current Jack and The Beanstalk with Jack performed by Leah St Luce and Jill by Maddison Bulleyment giving it a contemporary twist.
Simply exterior London at Richmond in Surrey (which gained finest villain in 2019) TV host Matt Baker is joined by the Grand Dame, Nigel Ellacott (UKPA Lifetime Award winner 2021) in Goldilocks and the Three Bears together with magician Phil Hitchcock in what guarantees to be an entertaining present at this pretty Frank Matcham designed theatre. At Excessive Wycombe’s Swan Theatre, you may see the pantomime debut of TV star, Vernon Kay as Dandini in Cinderella and at Canterbury’s Marlowe Theatre it’s Sleeping Magnificence with Ore Oduba (recent from his Rocky Horror Tour), Carrie Hope Fletcher (who starred not too long ago in Andrew Lloyds Webber’s Cinderella), ventriloquist Max Fulham (2020 Award winner) and the sensible common Ben Roddy (2018 Finest Dame Winner). Marlowe’s casting suggests they’re decided to match final yr’s present, Jack and the Beanstalk which gained Finest Pantomime & Finest Director Awards. Simply north of London Watford Palace (2021 Finest staging winner) provides Magnificence and the Beast. However there are effectively over twenty Pantomimes throughout the M25 and a few simply exterior so there may be lots for the London audiences to decide on between.
On the different finish of the UK, In Scotland, The Kings Panto Edinburgh has moved to The Competition Theatre for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with the irrepressible Allan Stewart as Auntie Could with Grant Stott and to the west, at Glasgow Kings the charming Elaine C Smith (previous winner of Finest Fairy 2018) returns with Jonny Mac in Magnificence and the Beast. Each venues are previous winners of Finest Pantomime in 2019. These are Scottish panto royalty!
Over in Belfast on the Grand Opera Home is Cinderella with native star attraction Could McFettridge returning and directed and choreographed by Jonny Bowles ( 2022 Finest choreography winner).
Within the North of England, you may see humorous man Ben Nickless (Finest Comedian 2019) as Smee to Jason Mountford’s Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Opera Home, Manchester and the hilarious clown, Danny Adams (Finest Comedian 2018) returns with Joe McElderry and Flawless in on the Newcastle Theatre Royal (Finest lighting 2019) in Cinderella. On the West coast seaside resort of Blackpool at The Grand (Finest script 2019 , Finest Choreography 2020) you may see the madcap Steve Royle as Foolish Billy in Sleeping Magnificence with Hayley Tamaddon (Dancing on ice) and mix it with the brand new addition of the Blackpool Pleasure Gardens pantomime of Cinderella with Charlotte Dawson (Les Dawson’s daughter).
Within the Midlands, the massive Birmingham Hippodrome (Finest Pantomime 2017, Finest Lighting 2018 winner, Finest Sound 2020) provides one other spectacular present with Suzanne Shaw, Dr Ranj and Marti Pellow becoming a member of top-of-the-line panto comics Matt Slack (Finest Comedian 2017, Finest Songsheet 2018 winner) in Dick Whittington. At Derby Area (Finest set design 2018), Aladdin is the present with John Thomson (Chilly Toes) and Morgan Brind (2021 Finest Dame). In Northampton Royal and Derngate we are going to see Jack and the Beanstalk with Keala Settle (from the Best Showman), Bob Golding (2019 Finest supporting male) and Richard David-Caine (2020 Finest villain). At Chesterfield Winding Wheel Michele Collins stars in Sleeping Magnificence. All these exhibits should be effectively price a go to
This yr the Pantomime Awards shall be visiting over 250 Pantomimes across the UK with the Awards being introduced in April 2023. Pocket Measurement Theatre expects to publish critiques on round twenty pantomimes over the Christmas season.
Article by Nick Wayne