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First Pantomime Of 2018 Promises Fun For All The Family
Richard Hunter as Dame Fanny the Cook with Tilda Fletcher (12), Savi Pachos (10) Isabel Tate (9)
It’s less than 60 days to Christmas! The chocolate reindeers are on the shelves, the decorations are in the shops and the countdown is on for festive food, fun and that great British Christmas tradition, the Pantomime – oh yes it is!

Leeds Panto lovers can get their fix early as the first Pantomime of the year opens at the City Varieties Music Hall. Catch the family favourite, Dick Whittington and his Cat on Saturday November 10th for two performances only.

Telling the legendary tale of the poor boy who sets off to London where he believes the streets are paved with gold, this show contains all the traditional hallmarks of a good pantomime; jokes, dames, music and song, custard pies and a slapstick version of The 12 Days of Christmas.

Performed by On Stage Productions Dick Whittington stars local actors including popular Panto Dame Richard Hunter and Scarborough comedian - back for his eighth pantomime with the company - Dale Ibbetson alongside a supporting cast of pantomime favourites supported by an ensemble of Leeds youngsters.

“On Stage Productions is the performance arm of On Stage Academy – a Leeds-based drama class for young people aged three to 16,” explains Liz Coggins, Director of the Panto and Principal of On Stage Academy.

“Our aim is to introduce youngsters to the world of theatre, working with them on performance, singing, costume and stagecraft and have them work alongside industry professionals. We believe that Pantomime is often a child’s first experience of theatre and therefore it should be a magical one, filled with music, comedy and – of course – audience participation!”

Dick Whittington and His Cat has been a popular British Panto since the Victorian era, so it’s perfectly suited to the beautiful surroundings of the only surviving Music Hall in the country.

The City Varieties Music Hall has welcomed a host of famous names over its 150 plus years on the cobbled side street in the centre of Leeds, and On Stage Production’s Dick Whittington is set to join its popular history.

“Panto is as much about the audience as it is the cast,” Liz concludes. “We want them to hiss the baddies, cheer the goodies, sing-along and shout ‘til they’re hoarse, leaving with a spring in their step. The city’s Christmas lights will be on by then and Leeds will be aglow and ready for the festive season!”

First Pantomime Of 2018 Promises Fun For All The Family, 1st November 2018, 10:50 AM