Well it’s upon us, Panto season is here once again... Oh No it's Not! Oh Yes it Is!
Yes, it most definitely is, and we thought we would give you a round-up of what’s in store this year throughout our festive loving city.
Currently on show at the Millennium Forum is Cinderella, which features a star studded local and Northern Irish cast including the return of William Caulfield as ‘Buttons’. This will be Caulfield’s eleventh year as the Forum’s Dame, a role he obviously thoroughly enjoys.
May McFettridge may wear the granny stockings at the other end of the country, but William Caulfield definitely reigns supreme as panto queen in the North West. Cinderella runs at the Millennium Forum until Saturday 31st December within a range of time slots and tickets are on sale from £9.75.
Did you know, you can trace the Panto back to the Middle Ages? Although back in the day it was called the ‘Mummers Play’, and this is where Game of Thrones fans go... ‘ohh’, and non Game of Thrones fans go… ‘what is he talking about’.
So, anyway, the Mummers Play was a traditional English folk play which was usually performed during Christmas and contained many of the various theatrical elements which are still seen in Panto today such as stage fights, gender role reversal and good defeating evil. Although the Mummers Play was usually a performance relating to the Saint George and the Dragon legend, and not Cinderella, or Aladdin, and possibly didn’t .
Panto at the Waterside Theatre kicks off on Friday 9th December with the ‘rip roaring adventures of Robin Hood’. A mad and merry pantomime, the Waterside Theatre’s Robin Hood is sure to be more Errol Flynn than Prince of Thieves, a show for all the family.