Pantomime time has put a smile on the face of theatre bosses as well as audiences at Sheringham.

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The Jack and the Beanstalk production at the Little Theatre was seen by 6,003 people this winter, well up on the 5,686 who watched last year’s festive show.

Audiences were running at 88pc capacity, up on last year’s 72pc , and takings were up from £63,500 to £69,000, said theatre director Debbie Thompson who was delighted at the figures during a tough time for the entertainment industry.

“Things are not easy and audience figures for our summer repertory drama season were down slightly, so we were a bit worried - but this has given everyone a real buzz,” she added.

The theatre was also pleased with a rave review in the national Stage magazine which described it as the “very model of a modern panto.”

“Last year’s show was good, which helps with bookings, but the feedback about this year also brought in more people,” said Mrs Thompson.

The panto was written and co-directed by West End star Killian Donnelly, and talks were already under way with him about next year’s show.

●Auditions for singers and dancers aged eight to 25 to appear in the venue’s community production of Annie at Easter are being held at the theatre this Sunday at 10am.

2 comments

  • I would like to have gone to the pantomime and taken my young son, but it would have cost approximately £50.00 for two adults and a three year old, which is too much to pay for a couple of hours entertainment and at Christmas time too. Based on these prices, I am not surprised the amount taken at the box office has increased from last year! Perhaps the Little Theatre could consider free child places like Cromer, next year?

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    CoastalCrab

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013

  • there was a password on their facebook page to buy one, get one free for the 3rd of jan, i took my son and we loved it, i didn't think it would be as good as it was but went thinking my 8yr old will enjoy it whatever but it really was fantastic... after all my raving the husband and teenage daughter will also be coming to the next one.

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    Simmi

    Wednesday, January 9, 2013

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