Pantomime

Christopher Biggins Announces Retirement

The Huffington Post UK | Ashley Percival | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Entertainment

Christmas theatre goers have been dealt a devastating blow with the news that pantomime legend Christopher Biggins has announced he is retiring. T...

Snow White and the Cultural Rethink

Matt Hepburn | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Hepburn

While I can laugh now, the portrayal of dwarfism in pop culture and entertainment can be damaging to young people coping with their condition in vulnerable early years. Growing up there were few, if any, positive role models in mainstream culture.

Katie Price's Daughter Princess Plays Dress Up At The Panto

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents

Katie Price shared photos of her daughter Princess dressing up backstage at a Sleeping Beauty pantomime. The 37-year-old mum, who is playing the W...

Give a Little Love and It All Comes Back to You

Matt Streuli | Posted 27.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Matt Streuli

I write this because I am scared we are forgetting our humanity. Last night, someone called me asking for my support as they were being admitted to hospital. I did not think I should stay in bed and protect my assets.

Miracle on 34 Parnie Street

A.J. Higginson | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
A.J. Higginson

It's that time of year again. Yes, it's time for the pantomime season and this December sees the Tron Theatre showcase their production of Miracle On 34 Parnie Street. Parodying a film classic, we are presented with Johnny McKnight's own unique take on everyone's favourite Christmas movie.

Rolf Is A Good Guy, Says 'King Of Pantomime'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.05.2014 | UK

A man calling himself the "king of pantomime" described Rolf Harris as a consummate professional who never did anything inappropriate when they worked...

Why We Love Pop Music Villains

Jacob Brookman | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jacob Brookman

With panto season in full flight, I was pleased to see Cold War hero and burger enthusiast David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook at the Theatre Royal - in my native Nottingham. And it made me wonder about the public's relationship with villainous stars, and why certain individuals continue to court global success despite not actually being liked.

Christmas Theatre - In The Next Room & Cinderella

Chris Cox | Posted 13.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Cox

With plenty of free time on your hands over the Christmas break, there's not better excuse to pop down to your local London theatre.

Arts Review: The Snowman, Sadler's Wells

Victoria Sadler | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Victoria Sadler

The Snowman is a wonderful alternative to the usual Christmas entertainment for children of either clichéd pantomimes or The Nutcracker ballet, which can go over the heads of many children.

Above The Stag: Theatre With Pride

Ben Mirza | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Did you know that amongst all the various theatre groups in London, there's only one dedicated to producing LGBT plays?

Panto Etiquette

William Hanson | Posted 19.02.2012 | UK Entertainment
William Hanson

Pantomimes live and die off audience participation. If you are not the sort of person who wants to join in with the group song, or boo and hiss at the Ugly Sisters then best stay at home with a good book.

An Open Appeal to My Fellow Scrooges: Take Some Time out for Panto This Year

Olivia Rose | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK
Olivia Rose

If you haven't already worked it out, i'm a bit of a scrooge. I don't do Christmas fever. I don't do standing around warming my cold hands on cups of mulled wine. And I certainly don't do stupid bloody Santa hats. So you can imagine my horror at being threatened with a pantomime?

Pantomime Uses Children Instead Of Dwarfs. Oh Yes, They Do

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK Comedy

Theatre bosses in Wolverhampton have found a way of saving money on their panto costs this year - by hiring children to play dwarfs. The Grand Thea...

Red Faces At Pantomime Over Spelling Mistake

PA | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK

Theatre staff were left red faced after the letter T was missed out from Widow Twankey's name in their Christmas pantomime programme. The mistake a...

Children Dedicate Pantomime To Sisters Knifed By Ex-Policeman Father

Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.12.2011 | UK Universities & Education

Schoolchildren have dedicated a pantomime performance to their friends Kimberley and Genevieve after the sisters were knifed by their policeman father...

Pantomime Dame Dies During Dick Whittington Production

The Huffington Post UK | Olivia Williams | Posted 01.12.2011 | UK

A 70 year-old pantomime dame has collapsed and died during an amateur dramatics production of 'Dick Whittington' in Hampshire. Bev Smith suffered a...