Oh yes it is! York pantomime to go ahead this Christmas – in a revolutionary new way

Local entertainer and magician Josh Benson will be heading the cast of York Theatre Royal's Travelling Pantomime. Photograph: Anthony Robling
14 Sep 2020 @ 11.03 am
| Entertainment

Christmas isn’t cancelled in York! The famous Theatre Royal panto is going ahead – and in a revolutionary way, where the fun comes to you.

The Travelling Pantomime will be visiting every neighbourhood in York during December and January.

It will be staged in a variety of locations like community halls, social clubs and sports centres and all venues and performances will adhere to current government guidelines on Covid-19.

York Theatre Royal executive director Tom Bird said: “Our Travelling Pantomime will be a rip-roaring Christmas treat for the whole family.

“Audiences can expect hilarity and chaos, music and magic as our amazing actors visit every corner of York.”

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The audience can get involved too!

Award-winning pantomime writer Paul Hendy is writing three scripts for three of the most popular pantomime titles – Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk and Aladdin – and the actors will perform whichever show the audience choose on the night.

Directed by the Theatre Royal’s associate director Juliet Forster, the Travelling Pantomime will feature a cast of local actors – including entertainer and magician Josh Benson.

Details of venues, performance times and further casting will be released in the coming weeks and tickets will go on sale in November.

Unfortunately, Cinderella will not be going to the ball this year and York Theatre Royal’s planned 2020/21 pantomime has been postponed until next year.

For more information please visit the York Theatre Royal website.