Merry Christmas from Pantoland!

I hope you’ve all had a great festive season, and here’s to a happy & healthy New Year!

If you haven’t already been to see us, there’s still time… we’re here until the 15th January…don’t miss out 🙂

3 weeks down – 4 to to!

Where has the time gone? It’s hard to believe that – with last night’s performance – we have been open for 3 weeks. Eeek! So by the end of Wednesday’s shows next week we’ll be half way through our time here, following Dick & Tommy on their adventures to London and beyond.

We’ve been very lucky with our reviews (is lucky the right word?…) which have been really great. The links to some are just below here, but this is what some of them have been saying:
“The Theatre Royal has put on some fantastic pantomimes over the years and this year’s production … delivered on all fronts.”
“Dick Whittington proves to be a deliciously devilish start to the festive season…”
“With an opera singing diva dame and tap dancing rats spoofing The Sound of Music what’s not to like?”

“… this charming rib-tickler of a production…”

“The lasting feeling is one of great warmth and joy, largely down to the uniformly excellent cast…”

“…. the wonderfully warm, intimate and magical pantomime that is Dick Whittington.”
Review in The Stage is here. | Review in the East Anglian Daily Times is here. |  Review on Public Reviews is here. |  Review in the Bury Free Press is here
All in all the reviewers have been very kind to us, and I just hope it reflects the amount of work the creative team, the cast and everyone at the theatre has put into the production. The audience response seems to support that – so we must be doing something right!
The Creative Young Associates at the theatre have been busy too, and created a short “trailer” for the show which you can see on YouTube here
I can’t pretend that it’s all breezy, easy and that I’m not knackered at the end of each day (never mind each week!) but at least it’s a good, hearty, well-earned knackered. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
We’re performing at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds until the 15th January 2012. Still time to treat yourself and come and see us 🙂

Show Day 1 -“Dick Whittington” Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Well…here we are. Rehearsals are done and dusted, and now we’re in the thick of it – 80+ shows to do over the coming 7 weeks.
Along with a final Dress Rehearsal, today was our opening night, and it was a cracker! It made SUCH a difference having an audience – and a great audience at that! The people of Bury were clearly ready for some Panto fun, and they were with us all the way through. Having spent 3 weeks rehearsing the show you are fairly sure you know what you’re doing, and reasonably sure that the show is funny. But there’s just no knowing until people are there laughing at it!
Luckily, they did laugh; they booed; they hissed; they shouted out. All in the right places too (on the whole!)
We have 2 shows tomorrow, and also on Sunday before a welcome (and fairly well earned I think…) day off on Monday. I hope the audiences enjoy themselves as much this weekend as they did last night. There is a lovely blog post here written by one of the Theatre Royal’s “Tweeterati” (!) about our open Dress Rehearsal the other day – take a look. You even get a sneak preview of the finale!