Sell–out panto shows at Sheringham have provided a bonus to the coffers of the town’s Little Theatre.
Nearly 8,000 people saw 43 shows of the Wizard of Oz over the festive period. Many performances were sold out and there was a waiting list for ticket cancellations.
Theatre director Debbie Thompson said: “The panto has been a tremendous success. Takings were above budget – which is a huge help as panto and summer drama are the most commercially important seasons we have and support our other activities during the year.
“Audience feedback was that it was the best panto yet – with a brilliant script, lots of energy and magical elements such as the projection work, sets and puppets. We are sorry if people could not get tickets, but would encourage them to book early for the next panto,” she added.
The 2018 panto will be Beauty and the Beast running from December 7 to January 1 and using the same creative team as this year, headed by director Nick Earnshaw. Tickets will go on sale in March.
Now the Emerald City has disappeared from the stage, events at the venue in early 2018 range from amateur drama, an opera screening, and jazz, to magic, a romantic Valentine’s cinema supper club and a fun family show.
In March (1-3) there is also a three-day festival weekend of Ealing Comedy films (Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets, Passport to Pimlico, Man in the White Suit and Whisky Galore).
Other highlights include:
January 19-20 – Alan Ayckbourn’s Confusions by Stage Direct
January 21 – Rigoletto screening from the Royal Opera House
January 28 – Jazz from the Red Shadow Quartet
February 6 – Morgan and West Time Travelling Magicians.
February 10 – Bowjangles music inspired by Myths and Legends
February 14 – Love Story movie (Ryan O’Neil and Ali McGraw) with optional pre-booked supper
February 15 – Rhymes for Revolting Children, cheeky songs poems and comedy for the family
February 21-24 – Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit by CSODS
For more information and tickets visit www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com or call the box office on 01263 822347.
Fun from the successful Wizard of Oz panto at Sheringham Little Theatre.
Picture: Matt Coomber