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Panto reviews

Matt Slack (Idle Jack) and Andrew Ryan (Sarah the Cook), Paul Coltas

Dick Whittington

Michael Harrison and Alan McHugh with additional material by The Krankies and Matt Slack (Qdos Entertainment at Birmingham Hippodrome).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Kiera Falcus (Jasmine) and Jacob Anderton (Aladdin),


Thomas Whalley (Nice Swan at The Pantodrome, Whickham School, Gateshead).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Janie Dee as The Genie of the Lamp,


Jamie Smith (Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford).
Reviewer: Sheila Connor

Jefferson Turner as Snow White and Daniel Clarkson as Prince Charming, Geraint Lewis

Potted Panto

Daniel Clarkson, Jefferson Turner and Richard Hurst (James Seabright at Garrick Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

The Chuckle Brothers as Barry and Paul Trot, Shawn Ryan

Jack and the Beanstalk

Jonathan Kiley and Alan McHugh (Qdos Entertainment at Theatre Royal, Nottingham).
Reviewer: Steve Orme

Natasha J Barnes (Cinderella), Paul Zerdin (Buttons) and Sam, Paul Coltas & Steve Williams


Michael Harrison (Qdos Entertainment at London Palladium).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

David Ashley as Brenda, Ryan Thomas as Prince Charming and Louie Westwood as Betty, Peter Dewhurst


Simon Aylin (For One from the Heart and QDOS Theatre at Wyvern Theatre Swindon).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

Amy-Leigh Hickman (Prncess Rose) and Arthur Boan (Prince Philip),

Sleeping Beauty

Andrew Ryan (Martin Dodd for UK Productions at Sunderland Empire).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Ben Adams as Aladdin, Phil Tragen


Eric Potts (First Family Entertainment at Opera House, Manchester).
Reviewer: David Chadderton

Nisa Cole (Cinderella) with young dancers, Andrew Billington


Andrew Pollard (Lawrence Batley Theatre at Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield).
Reviewer: James Ballands

Richard Franks, Phil Gallagher, Damian Williams and Wendi Peters, Robert Day

Snow White

Paul Hendy (Sheffield Theatres and Evolution Pantomimes at Sheffield Lyceum).
Reviewer: Velda Harris

Arlene Phillips as Fairy Bowbells and Sam Hallion as Dick Whittington, Darren Bell

Dick Whittington

Eric Potts (First Family Entertainment at New Wimbledon Theatre).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Sue Holderness as Carabosse,

Sleeping Beauty

Andrew Ryan (Martin Dodd for UK Productions and Anvil Arts at Anvil Basingstoke).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

A J Powell as Priscilla, Berwick Kaler as Hernia, and David Leonard as Baroness von Naff, Anthony Robling


Berwick Kaler (York Theatre Royal at York Theatre Royal).
Reviewer: Mark Smith



(Queens Theatre at Queens Theatre, Hornchurch).
Reviewer: Thomas Magill

James McLean (Douglas Fairpants) & Emily Essery (Snow White), Dave Cooil from Right Click Studios

Snow White

Clare Allen (Georgian Theatre Royal at The Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire).
Reviewer: Helen Brown

Maureen Lipman as Carabosse, Craig Sugden

Sleeping Beauty

Eric Potts (First Family Entertainment at Richmond Theatre).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Joshua Da Costa as Pinocchio, Bill Knight


John Savournin and David Eaton (Charles Court Opera at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Ray Spencer (Dame Trott) and David John Hopper (Arbuthnot),

Jack and the Beanstalk

Ray Spencer and Graeme Thompson (The Customs House at The Customs House, South Shields).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Michael Bertenshaw as Prince Naw-Ze Uzz, Gabby Wong as Sinbadda, Johnny Amobi as Nurse and Marianna Neofitou as Princess, Sharron Wallace

Sinbad the Sailor

Book and lyrics Paul Sirett, music and lyrics Wayne Nunes & Perry Melius (Theatre Royal, Stratford East).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Sharon Ballard/Blisslip, Kiruna Stamell/Willowsnap, Kat B/Denzil, Georgia Oldman/Shimmerpop, Alexia Khadime/Princess Thalia, Wayne Perrey/Prince Gabriel,Tony Whittle/King Eric, Gavin Spoke/Nanny Nora, Sharon D Clarke/Carabosse, Darren Hart/Ikoboo, Robert Workman

Sleeping Beauty

Susie McKenna, music Steven Edis (Hackney Empire).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

the Company Cinderella, Alex Harvey-Brown


Phil Willmott (Corn Exchange at Corn Exchange Newbury).
Reviewer: Robin Strapp

John Elkington as Widow Twankey and Kevin McGowan as Abanazar, Robert Day


Kenneth Alan Taylor (Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company at Nottingham Playhouse).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Stephen Mulhern as Billy and the Cast of Dick Whittington,

Dick Whittington

Paul Hendy (Evolution Productions at Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

The Chorus with Sarah Boulter (Princess) and Jamie Brown (Jack),

Jack and the Beanstalk

Neil Armstrong and Paul Hartley (Gala Theatre at Gala Theatre, Durham).
Reviewer: Peter Lathan

Ross Tucker as Mac, David Moss as Morag and Simon Burr as Sebastian St Moritz, Gaz at

Beauty on the Piste

Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper (Above the Stag Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Panto news

Robin Hood cast at Woking

The New Victoria Theatre at Woking has announced that soap star Shane Richie play the title role of this year's pantomime Robin Hood.

Sheila Connor, 14 August 2017

90s star in Peter Pan at Epstein

The cast for the 2017 festive panto Peter Pan, at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre this Christmas includes 90s boyband star Dane Bowers.

David Upton, 06 August 2017

Rebecca joins cast of Mansfield Palace panto

Rebecca Wheatley is to play Vegetable Fairy and Craig Ansell will be Dame Trott in Jack and the Beanstalk at Mansfield Palace Theatre at Christmas 2017.

Steve Orme, 23 July 2017

Stellar cast for Birmingham Hippodrome panto

Beverley Knight will make her panto debut alongside Danny Mac, Matt Slack, Suzanne Shaw, The Grumbleweeds, Ceri Dupree and Phil Randall in Cinderella at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Steve Orme, 08 July 2017

Johnny Vegas joins St Helens panto cast

The cast of St Helens Theatre Royal’s annual Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs includes homegrown comedy legend Johnny Vegas.

David Upton, 01 July 2017

Panto News: June 2017

Simon Sladen reflects on the season so far and considers the impact of Qdos Entertainment's new relationship with the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Simon Sladen, 09 June 2017

Guildford auditions for panto juvenile chorus

Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is looking for 24 girls under the age of 14 and no taller than 4'6" to appear in this year's pantomime, Dick Whittington.

Sheila Connor, 14 May 2017

Qdos brings Barrowman in panto to Manchester

Manchester's Opera House's new partnership with Qdos will bring John Barrowman and The Krankies to Manchester this Christmas in Dick Whittington.

David Chadderton, 12 May 2017

Mermaid panto for Merseyside

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse’s legendary rock ‘n’ roll panto will be The Little Mermaid.

David Upton, 05 May 2017

New co-producers for Derby LIVE panto

For the first time Little Wolf Entertainment will co-produce Derby LIVE’s panto and will present Beauty and the Beast at Derby Arena.

Steve Orme, 23 April 2017

Little role in giant Mansfield panto

Comedian Mark Little is to play Fleshcreep the giant’s henchman in Jack and the Beanstalk, the 2017 panto at Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Steve Orme, 31 March 2017

Soap star goes Snow White

Wild at Heart and Coronation Street actress Lucy-Jo Hudson will lead the cast of the Christmas pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at St Helens Theatre Royal.

David Upton, 31 March 2017

Panto features

Panto News: February 2017

In his first column of the year, Simon Sladen reflects on Panto Season 2016 and looks forward to the year ahead.

Simon Sladen, 26 February 2017