Newcastle Pantodrome details revealed

Peter Lathan

Details have been released of the temporary Pantodrome to be built in Newcastle’s Times Square.

Temporary structure specialist Neptunus of Northampton has been commissioned to build an 840-seat theatre, The Pantodrome, in which NS (originally Nice Swan) Pantomimes will stage Jack and the Beanstalk, starring Denise Welch and Adam Thomas, from 11 to 30 December.

The Pantodrome is based on one of the Neptunus’ high-tech Evolution structures that, spanning more than 1,000 square metres and standing on eight metre high legs, will form the main auditorium. A 300 square metre Alure Globe will adjoin the main structure to form an entrance foyer, bar area and washrooms.

The company’s technicians will take a week to build the temporary theatre and a further week to remove it once the panto season ends. Neptunus are also responsible for providing an under-structure to ensure a level base for the venue, tiered seating and toilet facilities for audiences and the cast.

“NS was looking to create a fantastic new theatre experience in the city,” said April Trasler, Managing Director of Neptunus, “and approached us after hearing about our success in providing bespoke temporary entertainment venues at major events, such as the National Eisteddfod.”

Representatives from NS visited the Eisteddfod in Anglesey and were sufficiently impressed to off Neptunus a three-year contract to provide the Times Square venue.