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Josh Benson in York Theatre Royal's 2020 touring pantomime

Panto Season 2020: Oh Yes It Is!

Simon Sladen looks forward to Panto Season 2020 and explores how COVID-19 has affected the Industry. (Updated 30/09/20)
Jack and the Two Metre Beanstalk

Pandemic Panto-monium!

Simon Sladen reports on the latest industry activity ahead of Panto Season 2020 including strategies companies are taking to produce COVID-secure productions. Updated 23/09/20.
New York Times Journalist Matthew Anderson and actor Samuel West exchange pantomime views via Twitter

"PANTOMIMES" hit the headlines

As the Government announce a £1.57 billion investment in the arts, Simon Sladen reports on pantomime hitting the headlines and ponders what a socially-distanced panto season might look like.
The glamorous side of touring panto: Princess Jasmine (Christina Berriman Dawson) shifting the Aladdin scenery

Remembrance of Theatre Past 28: Touring Panto

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. Here he turns his attention touring panto around the North East.
Opinion - Pantoland: Let's Talk About Race

Pantoland: Let's Talk About Race

In this opinion piece, Simon Sladen shares his thoughts on pantomime casting, characters and narratives.
Aladdin at the Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Panto season 2019: some reflections

Simon Sladen looks back to Panto Season 2019.
Panto in Lockdown

Panto in Lockdown: A Roundup

Simon Sladen surveys the online pantomime initiatives keeping the genre alive during lockdown.
The cover of Frank Ifield's "I Remember You"

Remembrance of theatre past (10–11): panto in Sunderland

Peter Lathan looks back at a career in theatre which stretches back to the 1960s. This instalment features the stars of many pantos at the Sunderland Empire, plus some stories about panto chorus boys.
The cast of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Manchester Opera House

Christmas in the North West

A look at the pantos, musicals, family shows and other theatre productions that will be playing in the North West over the festive period.
From The Child’s Christmas by Evelyn Sharp (1906)

North East pantos & Christmas shows 2019–2020

A listing of all the 2019–2020 professional pantos and Christmas shows in the North East, with dates, times, prices and where to buy tickets.