Thanks to COVID-19, the traditional York Theatre Royal pantomime can no longer go ahead. However, the panto it going on the road with the Travelling Pantomime.
The Travelling Pantomime will visit every neighbourhood in York (that’s 21 wards!) during December and January. It’ll be staged in a variety of locations from community halls right through to social clubs and sports centres.
If you’re worried about safety and security, then don’t be too concerned. All venues will adhere to current government guidance!
Executive Director Tom Bird said: “Our Travelling Pantomime will be a rip-roaring
Christmas treat for the whole family. Audiences can expect hilarity and chaos, music
and magic as our amazing actors visit every corner of York.”
In yet another fantastic way to connect with the local communities, audiences will have their say as to which popular panto they want to see. The choices are: Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk or Aladdin.
Award-winning pantomime writer Paul Hendy is writing three scripts, with the actors performing whichever show the audience choose on the night.
York Theatre Royal’s Travelling Pantomime will feature a cast of local actors including
much-love entertainer and magician Josh Benson, whose first professional
appearance was in a York Theatre Royal pantomime as a youngster. The show will be directed by York Theatre Royal’s Associate Director Juliet Forster.
For those who were looking forward to Cinderella, York Theatre Royal’s planned 2020/21 pantomime Cinderella has been postponed until next year.
The Travelling Pantomime is truly fantastic news and will give us all something to look forward to!