Panto beats box office record - oh yes it does!

Friday, 3 January, 2020
Tim Hudson as The Dame and Graham Cole as Herbert the Henchman in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Princes Theatre

This season’s pantomime at Clacton’s Princes Theatre has once again broken the box office record.

In all more than 12,700 people came to watch Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, starring Graham Cole, Linda Nolan, Graeme Mathews and the rest of a stellar cast, with ticket sales up by more than £5,000

Not only is the figure up on last year’s panto, but is considerably higher than the 2009/10 season when professional pantomime came to the Princes Theatre for the first time, which saw just over 5,600 people come to see the show.

This was the first season with a new production company, Anton Benson Productions, who will not only be back next Christmas with Jack and the Beanstalk but are also bringing an Easter pantomime – The Wizard of Oz, starring Basil Brush – on 5 April.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council which runs the theatre, said the pantomime’s success was no surprise.

“Pantomime is a well-established family tradition, and really is fun for all ages,” Councillor Porter said.

“A big thank you must go to this year’s cast and crew for their sterling efforts in bringing laughter to so many people, and I am already looking forward to the next shows.

“However, you don’t need to wait for panto to have a good time at the Princes Theatre, there is plenty of fun to be had through-out the year, so keep an eye out for the Spring season brochure coming very soon.”

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Last updated on: 03/01/2020 - 14:15