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Regulars return for Nottingham panto Cinderella

Nottingham Playhouse panto regulars John Elkington and Rebecca Little will take to the stage for the theatre’s 2017 panto Cinderella, written and directed as usual by Kenneth Alan Taylor.

Steve Orme, 21 October 2017

Panto News: October 2017

Simon Sladen looks at the ever-evolving pantomime industry in his October update.

Simon Sladen, 06 October 2017

Aladdin panto for Lancaster

A high flying production of Aladdin will entertain audiences at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre.

David Upton, 06 October 2017

Two more join Sleeping Beauty cast

St Helens pantomime Sleeping Beauty announces two new additions, Jess Pritchard and Corey Rumble, to the cast.

David Upton, 01 October 2017

Christmas Customs

Christmas is more than just panto at South Shields’ Customs House.

Peter Lathan, 29 September 2017

More Sunderland panto casting

The final principals’ casting for Sunderland Empire’s panto has been announced.

Peter Lathan, 18 September 2017

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