Dame Donna Kebab, star of the Georgian Theatre Royal’s Christmas pantomime, took the town by storm on a recent shopping spree to Richmond.
Officially opening the theatre’s panto sales for “The Adventures of Sinbad” along with Richmond’s mayor, Oliver Blease, Dame Donna also popped into the town’s local shops, cafes and tourist attractions to meet and greet fans and to grab a few provisions for the weekend.
Pursued by paparazzi (alias Georgian Youth Theatre members), Dame Donna (popular Yorkshire actor Dominic Goodwin) was in the spotlight all day. Parking her smart car very prominently in the bustling Market Place she paraded over to the theatre’s market stall to the sounds of cheering and a great commotion of well wishers and photographers.
Dame Donna’s spree in the market included buying kippers at Carricks Fish stall and sampling cauliflowers at the fruit and veg stalls. Next stop was a hair-curling experience at Capellis Hairdressers, Castle Hill and a peek into the Unique Bra Boutique, lingerie shopping for Dame-sized pants. Donna dashed into Dot’s Place to search for nautical pressies and scoured the bookshelves of The Castle Hill Bookshop for the Sinbad script. Loving all the fuss and the growing entourage, Dame Donna boldly approached Richmond Castle staff and asked for admittance to her “theatrical lodgings”. It was then time to show off in the Right Click Studio in the Market Place for a special photo call with photographer Dave Cooil.
Donna also hugged staff and customers in the Edinburgh Woollen Mill store and Ken Warne’s Licensed Grocer, caused a stir in Richmond At Home by jumping on the double bed with the town’s mayor in hot pursuit, and continued shopping at Angus Morton Butchers, the Post Office and Peter’s the Bakers. Assuming it was her own reception she even gatecrashed the Town Hall’s coffee morning and plucked a pink ukelele out of her bag to join in the fun. Donna finally collapsed on the smart settee in the King’s Head Hotel to be revived by waitresses who provided food fit for a Dame.
Raring to go once more, Donna tried to drink customers’ cappuccinos in the As you Like It cafe and take over the irons at Johnsons Dry Cleaners before gate-crashing a dance lesson with young dancers from the Janet Seymour School of Theatre Dance, Reeth. Realising the dancers were rehearsing for the pantomime, Donna asked for some coaching in preparation for her night out at the Fleece tavern.
There was still time for Donna to visit her old friends at the Tourist Information Centre and admire Sinbad’s boat craftily created as a window display, and make new friends with the Richmond Brewery down at The Station. After dropping her shopping bags Donna enjoyed a well-earned cuppa at her favourite Cross View Tea Rooms, and then burst into the Georgian Theatre Royal Box Office to greet audiences coming out of a Saturday matinee – and to check they were all booking tickets for Sinbad.
In no time at all, Donna took to the Dance floor with laser lighting and smoke machine provided by The Fleece pub adjacent to the Georgian Theatre Royal.
Not bad for a warm-up but Donna’s most energetic challenge will of course be her starring role in The Adventures of Sinbad that runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal Richmond from 8th December until 7th January. For tickets please call 01748 825252.