Delight as nearly 20,000 enjoy King’s Lynn’s Christmas panto

Press Launch for The Adventures of Robin Hood Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 'left to right back Ian Marr, Mimi Edwards and Steven Kynman'front Shaun Williamson ANL-150709-143802009

Press Launch for The Adventures of Robin Hood Kings Lynn Corn Exchange 'left to right back Ian Marr, Mimi Edwards and Steven Kynman'front Shaun Williamson ANL-150709-143802009

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Lynn theatre managers have hailed the “phenomenal” success of their Christmas pantomime, which sold almost 20,000 tickets.

Although sales for The Adventures of Robin Hood, which finished its run at the Corn Exchange on Sunday, were down on last year’s record, they were still above the totals for the previous two years.

And officials say several performances of the 2016 panto are already sold out.

Forty-two performances of the show, which starred former EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson as the Sheriff of Nottingham, achieved total ticket sales of more than 19,500.

Although below last year’s total for Snow White, it was higher than the 2013 pantomime, Beauty and the Beast.

And Nina McKenna, head of programming and marketing for Alive Leisure, which runs the Corn Exchange, said: “We are really pleased with the success of The Adventures of Robin Hood.

“Our customers overwhelmingly told us this was our best panto yet.”

The popular series of school performances sold out in record time.

And, for the first time, the performance programme included an autism-friendly performance, in which strobe lights, pyrotechnics and other special effects were not used and the usual stage lighting was set to half its normal level.

That performance attracted an audience of more than 250 and officials are planning to stage a similar show during the run of the 2016 panto, Cinderella, which is due to open on December 9.

Mrs McKenna said tickets for that production are already selling fast.

She said: “We have already sold out five performances of this year’s production.

“We would like to thank all of our customers for their support and for helping to make this year’s pantomime another phenomenal success.”