If you know me at all, you’ll know I absolutely love the pantomime. And particularly the panto at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs didn’t disappoint this year at all. In fact, it was particularly wonderful because it stars Paul Chuckle! And the great reviews all-round were lovely to read. Well done to all involved.
The spectacular sets and special effects are just a few of the reasons why this panto stands out as one of the very best in the land. It’s clear the creative team, backstage people, production crew and venue staff work tirelessly to bring this show to the stage. It’s almost like they create real life magic!
There are over 40 technical and production staff, 20 performers and musicians and 20 local children as The Sunbeams. Plus there are up to an additional 160 venue staff at the Alhambra! Pretty impressive stuff.
But what goes into making a panto of this phenomenal scale and grandeur?
- A total of 6 wagons brought all the set, lighting, sound and special effects equipment to the Alhambra Theatre; including 50 flight cases just for the lighting equipment alone
- 15 Alhambra Theatre crew worked 12 hour days for 4 days to build the set and rig the lighting
- 256 lights are used to light this year’s panto; there are 485 lighting cues in each performance; which is a total of 34,435 for the run of panto
- 178 switches have to be turned on and off each day to activate the lights and sound; that’s a total number of 25,276 for the entire run of panto
- Paul Chuckle will have thrown 355 bags of Chocolate Buttons in to the audience over the run
- 140 tickets to the pantomime were sold on Christmas Day
- The moped that Billy rides on stage can actually go up to 40mph, has an MOT and is legally roadworthy
- A total of 213 goody bags and 284 bottles of Champagne will have been given away as prizes to our audience volunteers
- Approximately 500 baubles decorate the Christmas trees in the venue; the largest bauble on the main tree in the foyer is half a metre wide, and the longest bauble is just under 1 metre long cont’d over
- At the Alhambra Theatre restaurant 320 pictures have been coloured-in by diners of all ages from 2 (the youngest) to 74 (the oldest). Everyone who coloured-in a picture was offered a satsuma or an apple
- Over 890,000 litres of soft drinks have been served between the start of the panto to the end of December; enough to fill at least two standard sized swimming pools!
- Over 5,000 pints of beer have been served so far during the run of panto
- 5 litres of Windolene (other glass cleaners are available) are used each week to clean the Magic Mirror!
Don’t miss your chance to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Alhambra Theatre, Bradford. The show run ends Sunday 26 January 2020!