What’s happening about the York panto?

York Theatre Royal’s pantomime family Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, A.J Powell and David Leonard will  star yet again in Sleeping Beauty from 7 December to 25 January.

Despite pantomime legend Berwick Kaler announcing his retirement, the cast are sticking together and coming back to the panto stage undefeated.

Fans of Berwick will be pleased to hear he’s still writing the script, so it’s no surprise really that the usual cast are set to perform it. However, a bit of me does wonder if this was a missed opportunity to really go in a new direction and try something different. But hey, if it isn’t broke don’t fix it right?

Executive director Tom Bird said: “We are delighted that Martin, Suzy, David and AJ will return to York Theatre Royal for Sleeping Beauty this Christmas. The pantomime ‘family’ mean a huge amount to our community and have provided so much joy to the people of York for so many years. We are also thrilled that Berwick will continue his association with the theatre by writing the script. Here’s to a wonderful winter at York Theatre Royal.”

For more information and to be the first to find out about any potential star castings, visit the York Theatre Royal website.

Photograph credited to Anthony Robling

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