Lichfield Garrick Theatre Moves Panto Online - Oh Yes They Do!
Published on: Fri, 18/12/2020 - 13:08
It won’t be long until we can say of 2020, “It’s Behind You!” Until then, Lichfield Garrick is coming to the rescue to make sure that panto - loving audiences don’t miss out on this special Christmas experience for all the family.
Following the Government announcement that Lichfield will remain under Tier 3 restrictions, shows for this Christmas season will not be able to go ahead. Those who have booked to see the pantomime or any other show in December at the theatre will be contacted by the Box Office in the next few days to see what patrons would like to do with their ticket.
But never fear, the all new Lichfield Garrick Online Pantomime is here! Performers and staff at the theatre have been working hard to deliver an online pantomime experience to watch in the comfort of your own home, making sure that you’re still able to enjoy your favourite panto to round off the end of this crazy year – oh yes, you can!
So, sit back, relax and get your magic beans ready as you make room for another five cast members around your dinner table this Christmas. Jack and The Beanstalk: The Bite-Size Panto will be available to watch on demand for the perfect family treat, with a cast of familiar and not-so-familiar characters. Prepare yourselves for arch-villain trickery, a giant beanstalk and a monkey named Gordon!
The theatre has been staging award-winning Christmas productions for many years and once again they have teamed up with the acclaimed Evolution Pantomimes for this year’s spectacular show.
Lichfield legend Sam Rabone will be back in a dress and playing Dame Trott, as well as directing the production. You may also recognise Max Fulham, who will be playing Jack, from CBBC’s Crackerjack, and he is bringing along his hilarious friend, Gordon, the talking monkey. It’s the first time to the Lichfield Garrick for Max, as well as for the other three members of the cast – Victoria McCabe as our heroine Jackie, Lorraine Brown as the dazzling Fairy Sugarsnap, and Tim Hudson as the incredibly evil Flesh Creep – boo!
Karen Foster, the theatre’s Chief Executive, says, “We know how much a family trip to the pantomime means to so many people and so rather than cancel Christmas, we are moving the show online, allowing the joy of panto-silliness to be an antidote to our virus-blighted year. It’s lights, cameras, action and a whole new way of working for the venue, but for a theatre at the heart of its community, we wanted to do everything we could to spread a little festive joy. We may be closed, but this show and this theatre will go on!”
This year’s pantomime is sponsored by A-Plan Insurance, who are running a colouring competition so one of you lucky lot can win an online panto experience! If you would like to take part, then visit the Jack & the Beanstalk booking page on our website for more information.Tickets for the online panto are available now – oh yes, they are! – and can be purchased from www.lichfieldgarrick.com or by calling the box office on 01543 412121 (please note that opening hours are currently reduced. Please see the website for more information).
Tickets are now on sale from £20.
Lichfield Garrick is an arts charity and, like most charities and venues in the entertainment industry, has struggled financially this year. If you would like to support the arts in your area, please click here for more details: https://lichfieldgarrick.com/donations