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By Pantomime Magic 10 Jan, 2018
Pantomime Magic 's own panto production for Christmas 2017,  Robin Hood , proved a massive success at The Exchange, North Shields, with praise for its fantastic cast and great audience feedback.  And now we're going to add  Robin Hood  to our catalogue of panto scripts for licence, both in full cast, full scale form, and as a version for small cast.  See the script section of our website for a sample and details of how to contact us about it!
By Pantomime Magic 09 Apr, 2017
The Easter holidays are upon us!  Stuck for something to do with the kids?  You could take them along to see one of these fab pantos in the North East area!

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
Follow the yellow brick road to The Wizard of Oz , starring Ashleigh & Pudsey and comedy legend Bobby Davro!  Promises to be packed with brilliant dance routines, well known pop songs, and lots of audience participation and laughter for all the family.
15th and 16th April
Tickets from £19 (adults) and £17 (concessions)
http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/the-wizard-of-oz-easter-panto/

Whitley Bay Playhouse
Head off to Sherwood Forest to see  Robin Hood , starring Gareth Gates and Zippy & George from  Rainbow .   It's a laugh a minute, all-singing, all-dancing rollercoaster ride through pantoland!
17th and 18th April
Tickets £16 (adults) and £14 (concessions)
http://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/

The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Blyth's Easter Eggstravaganza is  Sleeping Beauty , written by and starring Leah Bell, one of the greatest traditional pantomimes of them all.
21st to 23rd April.  
Tickets from £11.50
http://www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/easter-panto-sleeping-beauty

The Customs House, South Shields
Undersea fun and bucket-loads of laughs as  The Little Mermaid arrives in Shields, courtesy of The Panto Company!   
23rd April
Tickets from £10
https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/the-little-mermaid/

And there are plenty of other Easter pantomimes around, not just in the North East, but all across the UK.  After all, panto isn't just for Christmas!  So why not fill your Easter with some  PANTO MAGIC !!!
By Pantomime Magic 28 Jan, 2017
Our final panto trip of the season was to Arts Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear, to see Washington Theatre Group’s production of The Swan Princess . This group is quite rightly renowned for its imaginative approach to panto, and this production nicely carried on that tradition – the panto itself is by no means a standard one, and writer Peter Marshall made the most of the opportunity it gave him to experiment. As a result, we got a fairy tale storyline, a ridiculously over the top vain princess, a very naughty puppet swan (who sometimes reappeared as a squirrel or a crocodile!), a dame who was a wind-up doll, a lovely comedy dance by some very smart toy soldiers, a two-headed, three-legged goblin henchperson, a dramatic and hilarious chase video, and a hugely popular guest appearance by a Minion, in addition to all the panto business you’d expect.   Cathy Wood made a charming Odette, the Swan Princess of the title, while Matthew Lowe was great with the audience as love interest Prince Derek, and Peter Marshall threw himself into the role of principal baddie, the Goblin King. But star of the show for us was Catriona Uren as audience’s best friend, Ginger the Gingerbread Man. Mention must be made of the look of the show – the costumes and make-up must have been very challenging to achieve, but they were fabulous across the board, and a cut-out and back-lit set added a lot of atmosphere. The audience went away singing the show’s praises, as they always do for this theatre group. Looking forward to next year!
By Pantomime Magic 02 Jan, 2017
Our first panto trip of 2017 was to the Gala Theatre, Durham, to see  Jack and the Beanstalk , and what a cracking start to the year it has given us!  This show is traditional pantomime at its best, with big production values combining with loads of audience involvement.  The cast is great throughout: Jamie Brown and Sarah Boulter make a smashing leading couple as Jack and Princess Jilliana; Sally Collett is a sweet and lovable Good Fairy Moonflower; and Paul Dunn is hilarious as a very North-Eastern Dame Trott.  Special mention must go to Neil Armstrong as the odious Fleshcreep and Paul Hartley as a very manic Simple Simon, as they also wrote and directed the show.  The result is a truly anarchic show that had the audience in stitches.  Highlight for us was the wonderful slapstick scene in which Dame Trott and Simon make the giant a milkshake, but there was also a great deal of excellent interplay with the audience, including games, singalongs and a lot of good-spirited ritual humiliation and banter!  The chorus were top-notch, too.  Oh, and we mustn't forget the very lovable Milkshake the cow!
By Pantomime Magic 30 Dec, 2016
This week's panto trip took us to Sedgefield, Co. Durham, to see  Rapunzel , performed by Sedgefield Players.  What a lovely, friendly experience it was!  It's clear this is a theatre group with strong links to the local community, as demonstrated by the wonderful atmosphere in the venue before, during and after the performance.   Rapunzel  isn't one of the more usual stories to be seen performed as a pantomime, but in this show writer/director Tom Guest gave us everything we'd expect to see from a typical panto.  There was romance, some lovely singing, plenty of laughs, a lively singalong, and some great set pieces from a large and excellent ensemble of singers/dancers.  The show featured an array of memorable characters, from barmy noblemen Sir Banger and Lord Crack (Ian Thurgood and Alan Holcroft) to wicked witch Crona (Viv Jacobs), not to mention, of course,  Rapunzel herself (Lauren Easton), and her love interest Prince Anton (Sarah Legender).  Our favourites, though, were hilariously awful sisters Florinda and Lucinda (Sarah Atkinson and Jacqui O'Meara), with their very North-Eastern catchphrase "Aal Reet!".  A special mention must also go to Joshua Wilson, who held everything together admirably as the audience identification figure Tom.  The best thing about this panto, though, was the wonderful way in which all concerned generated a really warm rapport with the audience, all of whom went away with a smile on their face - a really lovely night out!
By Pantomime Magic 16 Dec, 2016

Our latest trip this panto season was to The Customs House, South Shields, to see Jack and the Beanstalk , where we had a whale of a time! Pantos at The Customs House are always a treat, and this year’s is no exception. Despite having a small speaking cast of just 7 (supported by some fabulous young dancers), this is a big production, with fantastic sets, dazzling costumes, and great set piece routines. The cast are wonderful across the board, but special mention has to go to: the inimitable Ray Spencer MBE as Dame Trott, a true master of the art of panto dame, whose interactions with the audience are hilarious; and David John Hopper as Dame Trott’s silly son Arbuthnot, who throws himself (sometimes literally!) into a very demanding role. We especially enjoyed the marvellously messy ice cream machine scene, and the madcap dance to the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song, all done in Pokémon costumes (don’t ask!). The show is running until 7th January, so there’s still plenty of time to get tickets – we highly recommend it for a great family night out!

By Pantomime Magic 11 Dec, 2016
We couldn't have asked for a more entertaining and fun show to see for our first panto trip of the season than this one!  In a special one-off performance, Consett Phoenix Youth theatre group presented an imaginative twist on the traditional pantomime, called  Panto's Got Talent .  
The talent show premise allowed the group to mix all our favourite pantomime elements together in a really original format: there was a lovely romantic duet; a comedy dance-off; and several cracking solo singing performances; all for the benefit of a hilarious panel of judges, watched over ably by presenters Mel and Sue (Bailey Green and Imogen Harrison).  Two moments that really captured the pantomime spirit were: a brilliantly funny dance routine to Single Ladies  by dame Stella Artoise (Lee McKinnell Harrison) and her fellas (Leon Boyle and Lewis Oxley Jenkins); and a suitably evil performance from Abanazar (Anna Johnson), with her comedy sidekick Pablo (Jennifer Rupp).
It's clear to see that this group is very close-knit.  With ages ranging from 7 to 19, they work fantastically well together, supporting each other as an amazing team.  They put this show together in just five weeks, collaborating throughout on everything from script to staging, with the help of director Catriona Uren.  The result was a hugely entertaining show to a packed house, ending with tea, mince pies and a Christmas singalong.  And what's more, the show was FREE!  Thanks for a fun afternoon, guys!
By Pantomime Magic 11 Dec, 2016
At last, we have our Pantomime Magic blog up and running!  
We'll be using this blog to share panto news and information, review pantos we've seen, and update you on  Pantomime Magic  services.  We'll be delving into all things panto: costumes; make-up; set design; script writing; tips for acting, singing and dancing; everything you need to create great panto!  And we want to hear from you.  Send us your comments and ideas.  We love all things panto!
By Pantomime Magic 10 Jan, 2018
Pantomime Magic 's own panto production for Christmas 2017,  Robin Hood , proved a massive success at The Exchange, North Shields, with praise for its fantastic cast and great audience feedback.  And now we're going to add  Robin Hood  to our catalogue of panto scripts for licence, both in full cast, full scale form, and as a version for small cast.  See the script section of our website for a sample and details of how to contact us about it!
By Pantomime Magic 09 Apr, 2017
The Easter holidays are upon us!  Stuck for something to do with the kids?  You could take them along to see one of these fab pantos in the North East area!

Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Newcastle
Follow the yellow brick road to The Wizard of Oz , starring Ashleigh & Pudsey and comedy legend Bobby Davro!  Promises to be packed with brilliant dance routines, well known pop songs, and lots of audience participation and laughter for all the family.
15th and 16th April
Tickets from £19 (adults) and £17 (concessions)
http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/the-wizard-of-oz-easter-panto/

Whitley Bay Playhouse
Head off to Sherwood Forest to see  Robin Hood , starring Gareth Gates and Zippy & George from  Rainbow .   It's a laugh a minute, all-singing, all-dancing rollercoaster ride through pantoland!
17th and 18th April
Tickets £16 (adults) and £14 (concessions)
http://www.playhousewhitleybay.co.uk/

The Phoenix Theatre, Blyth
Blyth's Easter Eggstravaganza is  Sleeping Beauty , written by and starring Leah Bell, one of the greatest traditional pantomimes of them all.
21st to 23rd April.  
Tickets from £11.50
http://www.thephoenixtheatre.org.uk/whats-on/easter-panto-sleeping-beauty

The Customs House, South Shields
Undersea fun and bucket-loads of laughs as  The Little Mermaid arrives in Shields, courtesy of The Panto Company!   
23rd April
Tickets from £10
https://www.customshouse.co.uk/theatre/the-little-mermaid/

And there are plenty of other Easter pantomimes around, not just in the North East, but all across the UK.  After all, panto isn't just for Christmas!  So why not fill your Easter with some  PANTO MAGIC !!!
By Pantomime Magic 28 Jan, 2017
Our final panto trip of the season was to Arts Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear, to see Washington Theatre Group’s production of The Swan Princess . This group is quite rightly renowned for its imaginative approach to panto, and this production nicely carried on that tradition – the panto itself is by no means a standard one, and writer Peter Marshall made the most of the opportunity it gave him to experiment. As a result, we got a fairy tale storyline, a ridiculously over the top vain princess, a very naughty puppet swan (who sometimes reappeared as a squirrel or a crocodile!), a dame who was a wind-up doll, a lovely comedy dance by some very smart toy soldiers, a two-headed, three-legged goblin henchperson, a dramatic and hilarious chase video, and a hugely popular guest appearance by a Minion, in addition to all the panto business you’d expect.   Cathy Wood made a charming Odette, the Swan Princess of the title, while Matthew Lowe was great with the audience as love interest Prince Derek, and Peter Marshall threw himself into the role of principal baddie, the Goblin King. But star of the show for us was Catriona Uren as audience’s best friend, Ginger the Gingerbread Man. Mention must be made of the look of the show – the costumes and make-up must have been very challenging to achieve, but they were fabulous across the board, and a cut-out and back-lit set added a lot of atmosphere. The audience went away singing the show’s praises, as they always do for this theatre group. Looking forward to next year!
By Pantomime Magic 02 Jan, 2017
Our first panto trip of 2017 was to the Gala Theatre, Durham, to see  Jack and the Beanstalk , and what a cracking start to the year it has given us!  This show is traditional pantomime at its best, with big production values combining with loads of audience involvement.  The cast is great throughout: Jamie Brown and Sarah Boulter make a smashing leading couple as Jack and Princess Jilliana; Sally Collett is a sweet and lovable Good Fairy Moonflower; and Paul Dunn is hilarious as a very North-Eastern Dame Trott.  Special mention must go to Neil Armstrong as the odious Fleshcreep and Paul Hartley as a very manic Simple Simon, as they also wrote and directed the show.  The result is a truly anarchic show that had the audience in stitches.  Highlight for us was the wonderful slapstick scene in which Dame Trott and Simon make the giant a milkshake, but there was also a great deal of excellent interplay with the audience, including games, singalongs and a lot of good-spirited ritual humiliation and banter!  The chorus were top-notch, too.  Oh, and we mustn't forget the very lovable Milkshake the cow!
By Pantomime Magic 30 Dec, 2016
This week's panto trip took us to Sedgefield, Co. Durham, to see  Rapunzel , performed by Sedgefield Players.  What a lovely, friendly experience it was!  It's clear this is a theatre group with strong links to the local community, as demonstrated by the wonderful atmosphere in the venue before, during and after the performance.   Rapunzel  isn't one of the more usual stories to be seen performed as a pantomime, but in this show writer/director Tom Guest gave us everything we'd expect to see from a typical panto.  There was romance, some lovely singing, plenty of laughs, a lively singalong, and some great set pieces from a large and excellent ensemble of singers/dancers.  The show featured an array of memorable characters, from barmy noblemen Sir Banger and Lord Crack (Ian Thurgood and Alan Holcroft) to wicked witch Crona (Viv Jacobs), not to mention, of course,  Rapunzel herself (Lauren Easton), and her love interest Prince Anton (Sarah Legender).  Our favourites, though, were hilariously awful sisters Florinda and Lucinda (Sarah Atkinson and Jacqui O'Meara), with their very North-Eastern catchphrase "Aal Reet!".  A special mention must also go to Joshua Wilson, who held everything together admirably as the audience identification figure Tom.  The best thing about this panto, though, was the wonderful way in which all concerned generated a really warm rapport with the audience, all of whom went away with a smile on their face - a really lovely night out!
By Pantomime Magic 16 Dec, 2016

Our latest trip this panto season was to The Customs House, South Shields, to see Jack and the Beanstalk , where we had a whale of a time! Pantos at The Customs House are always a treat, and this year’s is no exception. Despite having a small speaking cast of just 7 (supported by some fabulous young dancers), this is a big production, with fantastic sets, dazzling costumes, and great set piece routines. The cast are wonderful across the board, but special mention has to go to: the inimitable Ray Spencer MBE as Dame Trott, a true master of the art of panto dame, whose interactions with the audience are hilarious; and David John Hopper as Dame Trott’s silly son Arbuthnot, who throws himself (sometimes literally!) into a very demanding role. We especially enjoyed the marvellously messy ice cream machine scene, and the madcap dance to the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song, all done in Pokémon costumes (don’t ask!). The show is running until 7th January, so there’s still plenty of time to get tickets – we highly recommend it for a great family night out!

By Pantomime Magic 11 Dec, 2016
We couldn't have asked for a more entertaining and fun show to see for our first panto trip of the season than this one!  In a special one-off performance, Consett Phoenix Youth theatre group presented an imaginative twist on the traditional pantomime, called  Panto's Got Talent .  
The talent show premise allowed the group to mix all our favourite pantomime elements together in a really original format: there was a lovely romantic duet; a comedy dance-off; and several cracking solo singing performances; all for the benefit of a hilarious panel of judges, watched over ably by presenters Mel and Sue (Bailey Green and Imogen Harrison).  Two moments that really captured the pantomime spirit were: a brilliantly funny dance routine to Single Ladies  by dame Stella Artoise (Lee McKinnell Harrison) and her fellas (Leon Boyle and Lewis Oxley Jenkins); and a suitably evil performance from Abanazar (Anna Johnson), with her comedy sidekick Pablo (Jennifer Rupp).
It's clear to see that this group is very close-knit.  With ages ranging from 7 to 19, they work fantastically well together, supporting each other as an amazing team.  They put this show together in just five weeks, collaborating throughout on everything from script to staging, with the help of director Catriona Uren.  The result was a hugely entertaining show to a packed house, ending with tea, mince pies and a Christmas singalong.  And what's more, the show was FREE!  Thanks for a fun afternoon, guys!
By Pantomime Magic 11 Dec, 2016
At last, we have our Pantomime Magic blog up and running!  
We'll be using this blog to share panto news and information, review pantos we've seen, and update you on  Pantomime Magic  services.  We'll be delving into all things panto: costumes; make-up; set design; script writing; tips for acting, singing and dancing; everything you need to create great panto!  And we want to hear from you.  Send us your comments and ideas.  We love all things panto!
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