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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

Arthur McBain as Wishy Washy, Karl Queensborough as Aladdin and Vikki Stone as Abanazer, Tristram Kenton


Joel Horwood (Lyric Hammersmith at Lyric Hammersmith).
Reviewer: Simon Sladen

Panto news

Panto cow gets her own show

Doddington, the bovine star of Jack and the Beanstalk, is to star in her own show in February.

Peter Lathan, 06 January 2017

All-star cast for Birmingham Hippodrome panto

John Barrowman, Steve McFadden, Danielle Hope, the Krankies, Jodie Prenger and Matt Slack are among the cast of Dick Whittington, the 2016 panto at Birmingham Hippodrome.

Steve Orme, 17 December 2016

Panto Day is coming!

Not long now to all the fun of Panto Day which this year is Friday 16 December.

Sandra Giorgetti, 11 December 2016

Darlington's 2017 Panto Announced

The currently closed Darlington Civic Theatre will present Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as its 2017 panto.

Peter Lathan, 09 December 2016

Wilkes and Patterson unite for Cinderella in Stoke

Potteries favourites Jonathan Wilkes, who plays Buttons, and Christian Patterson, an ugly sister, are to team up again for Cinderella, the 2016 panto at Stoke’s Regent Theatre.

Steve Orme, 03 December 2016

Joe McElderry is Aladdin in Wolverhampton

Joe McElderry, who won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, takes the title role in the 2016 panto Aladdin at Wolverhampton Grand.

Steve Orme, 03 December 2016

Aladdin prepares to fly into Nottingham Playhouse

Kenneth Alan Taylor writes and directs his 33rd panto for Nottingham Playhouse, Aladdin, which promises a “magic carpet ride full of family fun and frolics”.

Steve Orme, 19 November 2016

Crusoe meets pirate queen in Chipping Norton

The Theatre Chipping Norton sets sail at Christmas 2016 with a charismatic twist on the Daniel Defoe classic Robinson Crusoe and the Pirate Queen.

Steve Orme, 12 November 2016

Unlucky break for Fine Time

For the first time in a long time, there’s no Fine Time Fontayne for Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s renowned traditional family pantomime.

David Upton, 06 November 2016

Aladdin wish come true for a designer

Liverpool fashion students could see their designs in the spotlight in a competition to design a costume for Christmas pantomime Aladdin.

David Upton, 16 October 2016

Oldham stages Beauty of a panto

Oldham Coliseum Theatre’s traditional family pantomime is back this year with classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

David Upton, 09 October 2016

Two Jacks, Two Beanstalks

Two North East theatres will present Jack and the Beanstalk this Christmas.

Peter Lathan, 01 October 2016

More than 200 children audition for Hawth pantomime

Evolution Productions, producers of this year's pantomime at The Hawth in Crawley, Peter Pan, auditioned more than 200 local children for roles as dancers, Lost Boys and Michael and John Darling.

Sheila Connor, 26 September 2016

Panto features

Panto News: Jan - Feb 2016

In his first blog of the year, Simon shares his thoughts on Panto season 2015 and looks forward to 2016's Easter and Christmas seasons.

Simon Sladen, 06 March 2016