No Sooner Mention a Panto and Here it Comes!

The Awesome Oldham Coliseum Panto is almost upon us.

Oldham Coliseum
Cinderella 24 November 2012 – 12 January 2013An Oldham Coliseum Theatre Production
Written by Fine Time Fontayne and Kevin Shaw

Directed by Kevin Shaw
Designed by Celia Perkins

This year’s escapade is described below by the Coliseum folk, modestly and in their own words (however as big fans of the annual event we heartily agree).

The best panto in the North West, nay, the land is fast approaching and this year it will be Cinderella who’ll go on a fantastical journey from rags to riches.

Oldham Coliseum Theatre is famed for its popular annual pantomime – as with every year Cinderella went on sale when last year’s panto – Dick Whittington – opened, taking £20,000 on the first day of sales. Sleeping Beauty (2010/11) won the prestigious Manchester Evening News Theatre Award for Best Family Show.

What more can you say about the magnificence that is a Coliseum panto? All the essential elements for a great panto are there – time honoured traditions like the slosh scene; the transformation and the inevitable wedding and walk-down – plus all the favourite characters: Principal Boy; evil villain and, of course, the Dame and this year we’ll have the evil sisters double act. Add a collection of songs both current and classic and you know you’re in for a fantastic evening of pure entertainment.

Many of the cast of last year’s panto Dick Whittington, including Fine Time Fontayne, Richard J Fletcher, Liz Carney, Lisa Holliman and Justine Elizabeth Bailey will be returning, so make a note in your diary because this is one festive bash you don’t want to be late for.