Review: Sleeping Beauty at the Derby Arena

Writer: Morgan Brind Director: Scott Ramsay Panto season is still underway at the Derby Arena with this epic production of Sleeping Beauty, but not quite as you know it. You may be surprised at how early Sleeping Beauty is reawaken, and that opens up a chance for the book by Morgan Brind to undergo twists... Continue Reading →

News: First Ever Degree In Panto Launched By Staffordshire University

To mark Panto Day 2021 Staffordshire University has announced, in association with the Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, they have launched the worlds first ever degree in Pantomime. The news comes with the backing of some of the the biggest names in the buisness. The masters degree, called The MA Contemporary Pantomime Practice, launches in September... Continue Reading →

Review: Snow White at the Stafford Gatehouse

Writer: Wink Taylor Director: Richard Cheshire Choreographer: Phillip Joel Produced by Red Entertainment, it was clear from the casting announcement the Stafford Gatehouse wanted to bring something special for Christmas this year. They lined up a company of well known faces from Kids TV and the West End, along with Mauren Nolan create the most... Continue Reading →

Review: Sleeping Beauty at the Crewe Lyceum

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: David Fleeshman Choreography: Thomas Spratt 'Laughter is the perfect medicine' Bobby Davro proclaims to finish his solo stand up stint to Act Two. Those words sum up Sleeping Beauty at Crewe which is full of so much laughter it will awaken any sleeping spell. Alan McHugh ensures the key elements of... Continue Reading →

Stafford Gatehouse Delays 2020 Pantomime

It has just been announced that Stafford Gatehouse's Christmas pantomime of Snow White has been moved until 2021 The 2020 production would have been the second time Prime Pantomimes produced the panto for the Stafford theatre, following the successful production of Peter Pan last year. A full review of that production can be read here... Continue Reading →

Review: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Birmingham Hippodrome

Co-Writers: Alan McHugh & Matt Slack Director: Michael Harrison Not only is this year's Hippodrome panto celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the Theatre, but it also marks Michael Harrison's 10th year directing and producing. In this year's Snow White Harrison creates what must be one of the most dazzling pantos across the land. Ian Westbrook... Continue Reading →

Review: Cinderella at the Sheffield Lyceum

Writer & Director: Paul Hendy Following this year's Cinderella, it's clear to see from its magnificent staging with lighting, sound and a cast to match just why the Lyceum Theatre panto is the jewel of Evolution Pantomime's crown. Paul Hendy directs and writes the piece and while he uses a young member of the cast... Continue Reading →

Review: Peter Pan at Stafford Gatehouse

This year marks the first set of productions by Prime Pantomine, a new venture by Selladoor Worldwide and Immersion Theatre. Jointly, they create this panto by numbers which contains all the elements you need for a great, homely British panto. The Gatehouse's stage may be small and restricted by its lack of fly tower but... Continue Reading →

Review: Dick Whittington The Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto (After Dark) at Stafford Gatehouse

Writer: Peter Rowe Director: Rob Salmon Panto season is in its final few days, but this is the time when Stafford Gatehouse hosts its adult only performances of their annual panto, this year being Dick Whittington. Things certainly go a bit more post-watershed. Writer Peter Rowe creates a plot full of traditional panto moments including plenty of... Continue Reading →

Review: Sleeping Beauty at the Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

Writer: Alan McHugh Director: Ian AdamsCo-Director: Adrian Jackson  Three years at the helm of the Wolverhampton Grand and Adrian Jackson is making his mark on the annual pantomime which this year he co-directs. Jackson appoints longtime collaborator Ian Adams once more as the Dame but also for the first time, Director of this production. With a... Continue Reading →

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