Our 2017/18 Panto Season
Here are some snippets from our 2017/18 panto season. Please see the individual show pages for more reviews and production photographs.
“With plenty of slapstick comedy for the kids and jokes for the big kids this is yet another perfect panto offering for the whole family.”
"Imagine Theatre out-do themselves with the perfect mix of comedy, music and outlandish costumes."
The Leamington Observer
“the show has creative sets and colourful costumes plus the must-have double-entendres and slapstick comedy, not to mention fantastic music, dynamic choreography and even a fight scene.....For magical family fun and laughter this festive season, Beauty And The Beast truly fits the bill.”
The Newark Advertiser
It is always a time of high expectation and, time too, spent wondering whether they can match the amazingly high standards set down the years.
So, it's is with tidings of great joy then, that I can report that the answer to that is a resounding yes and then some. This Cinderella basically fizzes and sparkles with fantastic festive fun for all the family.
“Quite simply, it is the best pantomime I have seen at the venue in years...exceeds expectations and thrills members of the audience of all ages...This is a great show and we are lucky to have it in our town. I would recommend it without hesitation.”
Aladdin, Queen's Theatre Barnstaple, 2016
"Gold, glitter and eye-watering dance moves at this year's Queen's Theatre Panto.
"Barnstaple performance of traditional tale is as polished as Aladdin's lamp.
"...riotous, toe-tapping, gag-filled feast of family fun...
"His flamboyant performance is certainly one of the stand-outs of this year's production - think gold, glitter and eye-watering dance moves.
"It's all heart-warming good family fun."
- Andy Keeble, North Devon Gazette
Dick Whittington, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, 2016
"If you're looking for relentless energy, excitement laughs by the bucketload - all packed into a show that flies by despite coming in at well over two hours - then look no further.
"... as per usual the pair [Iain Lauchlan, as Dame Sarah the Cook and Craig Hollingsworth as Idle Jack] are on electric form, with the laughs coming in quick succession.
"... mess, mayhem and off-script foul ups make for a side-splitting scene that will live in the memory for a long time.
"As you would expect from the talented team behind this year's Christmas staple, it's a guaranteed winner.
"... the best Belgrade panto in years".
- Sam Dimmer, Coventry Evening Telegraph
Beauty and the Beast, Beacon Arts Centre Greenock, 2016
"... a delight from start to finish.
"Beauty and the Beast exceeded all of my expectations. The sets are stunning, cast are terrific and Alan McHugh's script is wonderful. I can't recommend this pantomime enough!"
Natalie O'Donoghue, BroadwayWorld.com
Dick Whittington, Eden Court Inverness, 2016
"... head for Inverness, where the Eden Court team turn out what's possibly the finest family panto in Scotland this year, open-hearted, funny, generous, and featuring a brilliant central comedy team in director-cum-performer Steven Wren as Sarah the Cook, and the quietly excellent Ross Allan as her son, Idle Boaby.
"... a fine, well-made family show, that seems to be enjoying its relationship with the audience so much that it hardly wants the fun to end."
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
Beauty and the Beast, Palace Theatre Kilmarnock, 2016
"If you like your pantos traditional, with a sprinkling of bawdy humour, a generous helping of slapstick, and a tasty battle between good and evil, then do get your tickets now before Beauty and the Beast sells out.
"My kids want to go again!"
Clair Fullerton, Kilmarnock Standard
Jack and the Beanstalk, Grand Pavilion Porthcawl, 2016
"... Christmas cracker of fun, thrills and spills for all the family.
"Performances are excellent right across the board...
"The acting and slapstick skits are exemplary...
"Add to that a plethora of great sets and often outrageous costumes and you have got a sure-fire winner on your hands. This Yuletide there are plenty of shows about vying for your attention, but few will have the honest and downright energy and fun of this offering. If you want to entertain the whole family this season then get yourselves down to the seaside - you most definitely will not regret it."
Steve Tucker, Wales Online
Dick Whittington, The Hexagon Reading, 2015
A live orchestra, fireworks and plenty of audience interaction; these are just some of the many things you can expect from The Hexagon's jam-packed panto, Dick Whittington.
"You're in for a treat.
"There were some wonderful and hilarious moments that had the children belly laughing and the adults too."
Francesca Perryman, Get Reading
Aladdin, Southport Theatre and Convention Centre, 2015
"Another year, another great panto at Southport Theatre.
"The show has everything you would expect, and love, in a panto"
"... everyone who goes will have great festive, family fun".
Steve Tucker, Wales Online