Saturday, 19 August 2017

Panto sets new sales record

THE Christmas pantomime at the Kenton Theatre in Henley has broken records yet again.

More than 4,400 people bought tickets to see  Sleeping Beauty, which was performed 22 times at the New Street venue between December 15 and the last night on Wednesday.

It was seen by more people than any of the four previous pantomimes staged at the Kenton, including last year’s record-breaking production of Jack and the Beanstalk, which sold more than 4,200 tickets.

On average, about 83 per cent of all available tickets were sold and the auditorium, which has 214 seats, was at well over 90 per cent capacity for many of the later showings.

Rick White, chairman of the Kenton Trustees, said: “For some of the earlier shows our capacity was nearer 50 per cent, which is to be expected, but for others we were very nearly sold out.

“I think our reputation grows with every year that we stage a pantomime and we attract a lot of repeat custom as well as new faces.

“Many of the people who saw our early pantomimes keep coming back.

“That’s certainly the case with me. I went with friends and family to the Boxing Day matinée for the fourth year running.

“The feedback has been great. That’s very rewarding and makes all the effort worthwhile.

“It also shows the pantomime tradition is very much alive and growing in Henley.”

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