Bumper season for pantomimes in West Norfolk

Getting ready for the pantomime at Hunstanton's Princess Theatre

Getting ready for the pantomime at Hunstanton's Princess Theatre

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This Christmas will be a bumper season for pantomimes in West Norfolk as three will be running in the area.

The Princess Theatre, in Hunstanton, launched its first professional pantomime, Aladdin, last week.

The Corn Exchange in Lynn is putting on Robin Hood this year.

While the Hunstanton Festival Players will be performing their panto, The Shoemaker and the Elves, in the Town Hall between December 27 and 30.

Committee member Tony Bishop has welcomed the news of pantomime returning to the Princess Theatre.

He said: “We think Hunstanton and the surrounding area is big enough for two pantomimes.

“We wish the Princess Theatre every success and we would hope they will come to our show as we hope to go to theirs.”

On Thursday last week, one of the theatre’s partners, Brian Hallard, officially launched Aladdin.

He said: “The panto is back in its true home, The Princess Theatre, this Christmas with the first production being Aladdin.

“The Princess can become the centre of the community as it used to be.

“I would like to thank the amateur group for keeping the panto alive in the Town Hall and invite them to join the Princess to make the circle complete.”

Introducing the cast of the show, producer Tony Peers said he was thrilled to be part of a tradition that has such an amazing history and he was looking forward to involving the local community in the production.

He said: “We have two locals starring in the show; Roger Dean as Widow Twankey and Lucy Rollason as Princess Jasmine, with the multi-instrumentalist Andy Eastwood as Wishee Washee.”

Well-known as ‘The Man in Black’ in his Johnny Cash tribute show, Roger Dean has taken on the role of Dame many times and he said: “It’s joy to be cast as Dame Widow Twankey. The Princess is one of my favourite theatres and it is great to have the panto back here.”

The team of very excited boys and girls from the Rollason Stage School who will be performing in the panto joined members of the cast for a photocall at the launch.