Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Kenton announces panto 2013

THE Kenton Theatre will be staging Aladdin as its pantomime this year following on the success of Cinderella.

THE Kenton Theatre will be staging Aladdin as its pantomime this year following on the success of Cinderella.

There will be more performances and the first cast members have been signed up — last year’s leading lady Rochelle Parry is returning to play the Genie of the Lamp and James Clifford who starred as Buttons will be taking on the title role.

The production will be directed by Heather Simpkin and runs from December 19 to 28.

Wendy Bowsher, the theatre’s managing director, said: “Last year was the first time that a professional pantomime had been put on at the theatre and it proved to be a huge success and showed that there is a demand for a traditional show that appeals to the whole family.

“We are increasing the number of shows to give everyone the chance to come along. We hope that the support will be just as good for Aladdin as it was for Cinderella. It is a wonderful way to introduce children to the theatre and they will be encouraged to join in as much as possible.”

Heather Simpkin said: “Last year was a completely new venture but we were confident that a traditional show without soap stars would work and our wonderful cast proved that it does. We are lucky that Rochelle and James are coming back — they proved great hits in Cinderella.

“We wanted to do another of the great traditional pantos and Aladdin was the obvious choice. It is a wonderful story and offers huge opportunities for some wonderful theatre.”

Chairman of the trustees Ed Simons said: “We hoped the pantomime would be the first of many and because of the tremendous support and enthusiasm shown by the town it meant that we simply had to put one on again this year.

“This is just what a theatre like the Kenton should be doing.”

Tickets will go on sale soon through the theatre’s website www.kentontheatre.co.uk

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