As it's coming up to the festive season once again, faster than ever it feels, which pantos, if any, are people going to see? My first is Dick Whttington at Hammersmith's Lyric on Saturday (not usual you go to a panto because of the writer, but in this instance I saw Cariad Lloyd and booked, she's great), then to Woking to see Paul Chuckle (I'm a lifelong Chuckle Brothers fan so I have to go along and support him. Incidentally anybody with even a passing interest in the history/craft of doing panto year in, year out, should read The Chuckle Brothers: Fifty Years of To Me To You), then to Hackney Empire to see Clive Rowe in Aladdin and finally the Palladium panto. Four pantos isn't too many is it? Oh no it's not...
Post by stevejohnson678 on Nov 20, 2018 15:44:10 GMT
This year will be my first time seeing any pantos for about 20 years! Seeing The Snow Queen, the Liverpool Everyman's Rock N' Roll Panto, next week and then Snow White at the Palladium in early January.
Just the one - Buttons by Charles Court Opera at the Kings Head Theatre. They do wonderfully silly, funny pantos. Love their adult performances, which are not an euphemism for filth, but just that the jokes and songs don't pander to children. After all, Christmas is all about the grownups, isn't it?
I forgot one, I'm also seeing New Wimbledon's Aladdin because Paul Merton is my favourite comic, and I think I'm right in saying it's his first panto (minus the telly ones from about twenty years ago). I might be panto'd out in a few weeks, but it'll be with a big smile on my face and some annoyingly catchy songs in my head!
I saw ONE once as a child, around 1980. I have no idea what it was, but it was Welsh. I was then banned from Sunday School trips because I shouted "It's Moby Duck!" at the giant duck.
Oddly I've seen more panto as an adult than I did as a kid. Trying to cling desperately to youth I suppose. That and I have a lot of respect for old school variety and love to see hardworking comics and actors ply their trade onstage. There's nothing like seeing people with 40+ years experience working an audience.
Edinburgh - Allan Stewart and Grant Stott. Not the biggest names but they’ve made the King’s a bit of an institution at Christmas. Jackie Hughes is in it too as the Fairy Godmother which was a major defining factor in buying tickets.
Family smallperson (3 generations) will be as always going to the Hackney Empire panto which this year is ALADDIN and features Clive Rowe and Tameka Empson again. It is round the corner which makes it very convenient for the smallest smallpersons but in addition it is always fun, local and appeals to us all!