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CHRISTMAS PANTO GUIDE


Interviews


5 minutes with: Simon Callow - 'I went from selling tickets for Biggins to performing panto with him'
Currently starring in his one-man production of A Christmas Carol at the Arts Theatre, we talk to the actor about Dickens, the challenges of performing alone and his memorable Christmas shows
5 minutes with: Lee Mead - 'My fans send me cake'
The musical theatre star on his role in the West End's first pantomime in nearly 30 years, his turn in Casualty, Any Dream Will Do and his massive fanbase
What the hell is a Candleician?
Shakespeare's Globe may have the only job in the UK dedicated solely to looking after candles, we find out more about Tony Forrester, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse's Candle Technician
5 Minutes with: Tom Wells - 'It was a happy accident that I liked theatre'
The writer of comedies Jumpers For Goalposts, The Kitchen Sink and new play Folk explains how he came to be a playwright
Matthew Bourne: 'I see myself as a man of the theatre'
Choreographer Matthew Bourne explains how he came to dance, his love of musicals and his current Christmas show Sleeping Beauty
20 Questions: Mother Goose's Sharon D Clarke - 'It's West End standard at East End prices'
By Editorial Staff
The longtime star of Hackney Empire panto reveals her proudest moments and why she'd like to have dinner with Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou
Sharon D Clarke: 'We were all rooting for Rufus'
As she stars in Puss in Boots at Hackney Empire, Sharon D Clarke reflects on a successful few years, encompassing the West End run of Ghost and Rufus Norris' acclaimed revival of The Amen Corner at the National
Eric Potts On... Dick Whittington
Eric Potts is the script writer and creative associate for First Family Entertainment and he stars as Sarah the Cook in Dick Whittington in Manchester, alongside Ashleigh and Pudsey and Jodie Prenger. Here, we chat about his love of the panto.
Brief Encounter with... Martin Barrass
By Ron Simpson
A stalwart of the Theatre Royal's pantomime since 1984, Martin Barrass discusses York's theatrical institution.
Brief Encounter with... Aladdin's Oliver Thornton and David Bedella
By Editorial Staff
Musical theatre stars Oliver Thornton and David Bedella are starring in the New Wimbledon Theatre's panto this year, Aladdin, with Jo Brand, Matthew Kelly and Britain's Got Talent's Flawless. We catch up with the pair