Post by theatremadness on Apr 7, 2016 13:27:15 GMT
I know, seems a bit early!! But there's been little bits of discussion on the board about a Panto coming to London (specifically the Palladium) this year. Whilst there are no confirmed reports, this tweet from choreographer Andrew Wright earlier today suggests that the wheels are in motion!
"Stunning London venue" could mean a number of things, I guess - hence why the thread title is just 'London Panto 2016' and nothing more specific - but a reply from Matt Hemley from The Stage "wonder where it could be?!" also suggests with tongue-in-cheek manner that it's probably a big one (oooh matron).
Last Edit: Apr 15, 2016 13:48:49 GMT by TheatreDust: Title change to reduce confusion. Originally titled "London Panto 2016"
and a little more in Baz's piece in the Mail itself:
"A horse-drawn carriage — and a flying sports car — in a panto at the London Palladium? Oh no there isn’t. Oh yes there is! After a 30-year break, panto is returning to the Palladium. Michael Harrison, who will direct the ‘spectacular production’ of Cinderella with choreographer Andrew Wright, told me it will have the feel of an original show and be ‘stuffed’ with stars. The Qdos Entertainment effort will have a five-week run at the Palladium from December 9."
My buddy has a theory - and the way she explained it sounds solidly well-reasoned but please do bear in mind it's a theory rather than a rumour or leak - that Lee Mead is going to be involved. EDIT: Also she reckons it's all but official that Paul Zerdin will be playing Buttons, so.
Qdos? Shame. The Palladium deserves better than their copy-paste productions, with little to nothing in the orchestra pit, heavily scripted corpsing, and cast members who appear simply because they are off the telly, despite being completely unable to carry a tune. What a waste of a brilliant idea.
Not a fan of Panto..not on my agenda but if the Kylie rumor actually came true I would have to go with a friend of mine, he loves his Kylie and knows how often I go to the theatre so not sure I could get out of not going!!