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Magic Maestro Michael makes his Return!

Posted: 03 Mar 2016 - by

After six years of making pantomime magic and mischief, comic, and all round showman Michael Otton is hoping it’s lucky number seven as he returns to The Spotlight, Hoddesdon. Michael will be flexing his magic muscles in everyone’s favourite family pantomime Cinderella, as everyone’s favourite panto character, the adorable Buttons!

Michael has built up a loyal fan base in Hoddesdon and the local area and in 2014 was named as the patron of performing arts school, The Vallé Academy. Michael said “I love pantomime in Hoddesdon. Every year I love bringing panto to life with new magician’s routines. The audiences are incredible and are always ready to participate and join in the fun of panto.”

Michael has brought seasonal revelry to thousands and has added extra sparkle to pantomimes with his energetic performances and stunning routines. He captivates audiences of all ages with magic and illusion, from thrilling escapology to mind-boggling prediction, always keeping comedy at the heart of his routines. Over the years, he has entertained audiences worldwide, working in theatres, resorts and also on board cruise ships. He also spent two years performing for Disney.

Over the years, he has worked with, and performed for, a variety of star names, including Kylie Minogue, Peter André, Victoria Beckham and Ant & Dec, and starred in an ITV documentary about his life as an entertainer.
He has picked up many awards along the way (including Entertainment Personality of the Year), performed magic live on BBC Radio Berkshire and has been featured in many national newspapers.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman said “I am thrilled to have Michael returning to Hoddesdon. His performances are packed with magic and excitement that set the perfect tone for pantomime.”

Don’t miss Michael in panto land from Wednesday 14 December until Friday 30 December 2016. Tickets are available from The Spotlight box office (01992 441946) and online (

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Leeds legend Jez Edwards keeps the comedy coming!

Posted: 02 Mar 2016 - by Chris

It takes a very special comic to help Cinderella transform a pumpkin into a sparkling coach and mice into dazzling horses so pantomime producers Paul Holman Associates have called on the brilliant entertainer and funny man Jez Edwards to add extra sparkle to this glittering family show.

Fresh off the back of a successful panto season in Aladdin at Carriageworks Theatre which saw record breaking audience numbers, Jez is delighted to return for an 8th season and is grateful for the warm welcome he receives every year in panto. “I’d just like to say thank you for all your continued support, Leeds. You are ace and I love this place!”

With a rich and varied career, Jez has travelled the world, reporting on life’s more colourful characters for BBC’s Record Breakers; fronting BBC Manchester’s Inside Out; and reporting for Football Focus and Holiday. He started his television career at CITV, where he presented the live shows Sticky and Mashed, and was the game show host on the mind-twitching Crazy Cottage. Having made the move over to the Beeb, he presented over 200 editions of the live magazine show, Xchange.. He also spent two years presenting Channel 5’s entertainment show Exclusive.

Pantomime producer Paul Holman for Paul Holman Associates said 

“I’m delighted to welcome Jez back to Leeds for his 8th consecutive pantomime run starring as everyone’s favourite character Buttons in the world’s most popular pantomime Cinderella. After years in the industry Jez is a great entertainer and will be sure to pack a perfect panto punch this Christmas.”

Jez will be in Leeds’ traditional pantomime Cinderella as Buttons at the Carriageworks Theatre from 2 December to 7 January 2017. Friday 2 December 2016 - Saturday 7 January 2017 Tickets: £10 - £19

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Our new website is here!

Do take a look around...

Posted: 16 Nov 2015 - by Chris

You may have noticed our website has changed quite a bit and we hope you like it. You can find details of all our pantomimes for this year here and we will be adding lots more content to the site in the coming weeks, do check back.

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Pantomime services at PHA

Posted: 10 Aug 2015 - by Chris

If you are looking for a production company to present a Christmas panto or bespoke show, please get in touch. You can read more about our panto services here.

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