Summer- when Panto meets the press! All over the UK during the late Summer and Early Autumn , Theatres and producers launch their annual Pantos with a photo call. Here are just a few from recent weeks.If you have any to add please send them along for round two!
Above: Birmingham Hippodrome, Wiltons Music Hall and The Sheffield Lyceum Press Launches.
Su Pollard (supollard.co.uk) heads the Tunbridge Wells Assembley Hall Theatre’s “Snow White” this season. I bumped into Su yesterday at Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre and we had a quick chat about things panto in the interval of “Boorskale”, a new musical. Su plays Wicked Queen alongside Jamie Rickers and Jamie Steen as Dame. Pictured above is Millie Booth as Snow White with Chris Warner as Prince in this UK Productions panto.
My Panto running mate of many years Brian Conley seen above with Gok Wan launching the Qdos Pantomime “Robinson Crusoe” at The Cliff’s Pavilion Southend-On-Sea. With any luck I can get to see this seafaring panto after I finish mine this season!
Mister Maker Phil Gallagher with Damian Williams. Sheffield Lyceum
Damian Williams returns once again to be very naughty and very funny as Sheffield’s Dame in “Snow White” alongside TV’s “Mister Maker” starring Wendi Peters as The Wicked Queen.
The Princess Theatre in Torquay has Anita Harris starring as The Baroness in “Cinderella”
Here’s a poster of Anita from a few years back starring at the same venue- one of the Finest “Boys” in the Business!
Over at Crewe the Qdos Pantomime is “Aladdin” with Dame Malcolm Lord giving his Widow Twankey alongside Sid Sloane as Wishee Washee- those Policemen moving in on Widow Twankey are Cannon and Ball.
Courtesy of The Guardian, here are some photos from the Roy Hudd “Mother Goose” press launch at Wiltons Music Hall. These photographs capture the history and tradition of this, one of the oldest panto subjects- not Roy- but “Mother Goose!” Here’s Roy getting his first fitting for his “poor” costume from Martin Ramsdin (seen helping Roy with his wig) aided by wife Debbie Flitcroft and Wardrobe Master Tony Priestley.
Meanwhile, over at the Manchester Opera House my mate Sherrie was dreaming of Genie at their “Aladdin ” Press call for First Family. Sherrie stars as Genie Of The Ring alongside Ben Adams from A1 and Cold Feet star John Thompson as Abanazar.
Sherrie a few yards from the cobbles she lived on for all those “Coronation Street” years before she found sun and sangria in Benidorm, and went from a Loose Woman to searching for her feline friend in “Are You Being Served”.. and I am unanimous in that!
Sherrie as Mrs Slocombe with the recent cast of “Are You Being Served” BBC TV.
Sherrie with Ben and John outside The Opera House, Manchester.
Eric Potts will be playing Widow Twankey with Phil Holden in this Manchester Magical Tale!
Send in your Press Photos and we’ll get them posted!