Review - Hackney Empire upstaged by Hunstanton Town Hall
With its customary blend of humour, music, dance, colourful costumes and magical scenery, Hunstanton’s third annual pantomime proved as popular as ever with locals and visitors alike.
In fact, 1,200 tickets were sold for the six performances between Christmas and the New Year.
At the final show there was even a party of 27 visitors from North London, who were staying at the town’s Youth Hostel for four nights over the New Year period. Noel Kelly, his wife Sarah and their three children Sam 14, Florence 12 and Frankie 7 from Crouch End were full of praise for the professional quality of the show.
“Pinocchio was fantastic,” said Noel, “even better than the pantomimes we normally see at the Hackney Empire!”
When asked why such a large group of friends had opted to spend the New Year in Hunstanton, Sarah said: “We love the sea air and the north Norfolk coast is amazing at any time of the year.”
She also praised staff at the Tourist Information Centre for their helpful advice and added: “The sell-out shows made us very glad we took the opportunity to buy our tickets a month in advance!”
After the show panto dame, John Giller, paid tribute to the cast and crew. “Although I write and direct the show,” he said, “and my name is on top of the posters, the show is only as good as it is because of everyone’s hard work, great skill and dedication. I am very lucky to be working with such a truly magical panto family.
“Three months of writing, followed by four months of rehearsals - ending with a sell-out run of six shows - is really fantastic. I hope 2013 brings just as much fun and laughter. I have never laughed so much in rehearsals as I have this year. This town is very lucky to have such a committed and talented special group of people called the Hunstanton Festival Players.”
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