Peter Pan breaks pantomime records at Worthing Theatres!
Posted: 17 Jan 2017 - by Stephen Sheldrake
The Pantomime Adventures of Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre became the highest selling and largest attended pantomime in the history of Worthing Theatres, during the production’s run from December 2 2016 to January 8 2017.
The production, a collaboration between Worthing Theatres and producers Paul Holman Associates, generated record breaking figures by selling 32,300 tickets across its 5 ½ week run.
The cast included household name Richard McCourt, half of the Dick and Dom duo who last year celebrated 20 years of performing together. Also in the cast were X Factor finalists and stage stars Amelia Lily and Lloyd Daniels, with comedian Patrick Monahan capturing audience’s attention with his performance of Captain Hook.
The pantomime provided an opportunity for local talent to be seen on stage as the characters John Darling, Michael Darling and The Lost Boys were performed by children based in Sussex who had auditioned for the parts, with 18 boys being selected. Also on stage were 24 girls from Worthing based Glendale Theatre Dance School. Worthing Theatres also collaborated with students from Northbrook College to produce a life sized sculpture of Tinkerbell, as well as two costumes inspired by the show which were displayed at the Pavilion Café Bar.
Awareness and funds were raised for Worthing based charity Chestnut Tree House, a local children’s hospice that provides care for young adults with progressive life-shortening conditions in East and West Sussex. Ticket sales for the production contributed to Great Ormond Street Children’s Charity as the pantomime adaptation is based on the original story by J.M. Barrie.
Executive Member for Customer Services, Councillor Dr Heather Mercer said “Starting the year with news of Peter Pan’s huge commercial success, is cause for great celebration. Not only was it an excellent production, my personal highlight was witnessing our talented local young actors and the Glendale Theatre Dance students truly flourish on stage, as well as seeing the beautiful design work by Northbrook College students with their life-size Tinkerbell sculpture and the stunning costumes that were on display. With Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs booking fast already we can look forward to another stellar pantomime this year.”
Pantomime producer Paul Holman said “We are thrilled that Peter Pan has broken all records, to become Worthing’s best and fastest selling pantomime to date. This year’s production had broad appeal, combining modern staging, special effects and choreography with all the traditional characters, humour and slapstick everyone knows and loves in a great panto. It’s thanks to a brilliant cast and crew and the superb creative vision and work of Worthing Theatres and it has been wonderful to delight audiences of all ages.”
Worthing Theatres’ next pantomime will be Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which will run from 1 to 31 December 2017. For early-bird booking and more information click here.
JEZ RETURNS FOR A ‘GIANT’ OF A PANTOMIME AFTER SMASH-HIT RUN
Posted: 11 Jan 2017 - by Christopher
The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds, has announced its headline comic for 2017’s pantomime, the family favourite spectacular, Jack and the Beanstalk. Kids’ TV star and all round funny man Jez Edwards is the first star to be cast (with more stars to be announced) for the popular city centre venue’s annual pantomime.
Fresh from a hit panto season in Cinderella at The Carriageworks which broke box office records to become the highest selling and most attended pantomime in the history of the theatre, Jez is thrilled to be returning to his ‘home from home’ The Carriageworks Theatre and is once again delighted to be performing in the heart of Leeds.
Jez said: “It is fantastic to be back for a ninth year! The creative vision of the team here means the show just keeps going from strength to strength every year. The energy and warmth of our audiences in Leeds are second to none. I can’t wait to show you what madness and mayhem we have in store for you this year’.
Before he starred on the stage, Jez started his showbiz 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. Jez fronted the CBBC / Tate Modern Movie Project at the Lord Mayor’s Festival, sharing responsibilities with Hacker and Dodge (Dogs from CBBC), and a BAFTA and CBBC joint venture, Me and My Movie. He also spent two years presenting Channel 5’s entertainment show Exclusive as well as 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.
Pantomime producer Paul Holman for Paul Holman Associates said “With Jez once again taking charge of the comedy and with superb advance booking sales for Jack and the Beanstalk we are confident that 2017 will be our biggest and best pantomime season yet at the Carriageworks’.
Jez will star in Leeds’ only traditional pantomime at the Carriageworks Theatre from 1 December 2017 to 6 January 2018. Tickets are available from The Carriageworks Theatre box office (0113 224 3801) and online (www.carriageworkstheatre.org.uk).
Oh yes it has - panto season comes to an end!
Posted: 09 Jan 2017 - by Rachel
Well, now that our last two shows have finished, the 2016 - 17 panto season is now over for PHA. With 11 productions running from 2nd December to 8th January, it has been a long run this year!
From Bridlington to Worthing, we have had a wonderful time at all of our theatres, and have even seen some records broken!
Each and every one of our shows has been fantastic this year, but this would not have been possible without many people, including all of the cast, stage managers, companies, backstage crew, and the theatres themselves, including the theatre managers, front of house staff and marketing staff!
Whilst we may have only just left Pantoland, we'll be back again soon with preparations for the 2017 - 18 season, so keep an eye out for any announcements for the coming year!