Panto season

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Jack and the Beanstalk review – panto season’s not yet behind you!
Stephen Joseph theatre’s filmed seasonal offering is a proper winter warmer with some off-the-wall touches

Chris Wiegand

18, Jan, 2022 @11:36 AM

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Dames in distress: Britain’s theatres count cost of Christmas wrecked by Covid
Cancelled pantos decimated income at peak time as soaring cases caused cast and crew absences and restrictions cut audiences

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

14, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Nothing like a dame: Trump tops 2021’s cast of clowns and baddies
This year’s political pantomime served up a rich cast of characters, with The Donald providing the laughs and (guess who?) Xi Jinping as the baddest baddie of them all (Oh yes he is!)

Simon Tisdall

26, Dec, 2021 @7:45 AM

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Clive Rowe: ‘Panto would be one of the worst things to do if you didn’t enjoy it’
The veteran panto dame on being adopted by Hackney, how to pick the right audience volunteer, and the joy of pretending to be a fish at acting college

Kate Kellaway

19, Dec, 2021 @9:30 AM

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‘Hanging on by our fingertips’: theatres fear Omicron’s impact on festive season
With a surge in cancellations across the country, the new strain of Covid might be the biggest threat to the UK’s stage industry yet

Chris Wiegand Stage editor

16, Dec, 2021 @2:21 PM

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Three pantos in one day? Oh yes I did!
A triple bill of Sleeping Beauty, Jack & the Beanstalk and Dick Whittington brings giggles, cheer, glitter galore and, well, a bit of a headache

Kate Wyver

14, Dec, 2021 @9:00 AM

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From Rushmere With Love review – the name’s Boond, James Boond
There’s a lot of heart and plenty of hammy humour in this uneven double-O spoof from Eastern Angles

Anya Ryan

13, Dec, 2021 @12:09 PM

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Dame blame game: now the joke’s on Boris Johnson as panto stars mock No 10 ‘party’
The woes of Britain’s government offer a rich seam of comedy and it’s being mined in theatres and on TVs across the country

Vanessa Thorpe

11, Dec, 2021 @7:05 PM

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Justin Fletcher on how Rik Mayall inspired Mr Tumble – and why giraffes are the best animals
The king of children’s TV, currently in panto in Reading and in cinemas as Father Christmas in The CBeebies Christmas Show, answers questions from readers – and some of their children

09, Dec, 2021 @2:12 PM

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Cinderella review – out with the in-jokes and in with the puns
Paul Hendy’s cast deliver a dependable mix of song and dance, spectacle and silliness, as well as a brilliant, bin-toting Buttons

Catherine Love

08, Dec, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Red Riding Hood review – my, what weak jokes you have, grandma!
An eco-themed updating of the fairytale without any bite, this panto has clumsy storytelling and half-hearted smut

Arifa Akbar

05, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Sleeping Beauty review – mirth-filled frolics with a pinprick of pathos
This year’s edition of the annual King’s panto is a slickly timed, high-spirited affair stuffed with daft jokes, and a moving tribute to the late company member Andy Gray

Mark Fisher

05, Dec, 2021 @2:38 PM

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