Volunteers at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal are getting out their knitting needles to produce apples for the annual pantomime Snow White.
The historic theatre is appealing for people to knit apples that can be used during the 60 performances of their celebrated festive production, which takes place from Saturday 3 December until Sunday 8 January.
The initiative follows a now well-established tradition of knitting campaigns connected to the pantomime. In 2011, over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad and the following year nearly 3,000 white snowball pompoms were amassed for Babes in the Wood. Last year around 2,500 leaves were knitted to adorn a huge decorative beanstalk for Jack and the Beanstalk. The Theatre is hoping to repeat these sorts of numbers with this year’s apple appeal.
“One of the great things about our pantomime is that it involves the whole community,” said Clare Allen, Theatre Chief Executive and Director of Snow White. “People tend to think of pantomime as the domain of children but we find it popular with all age groups - from infants through to centenarians - so our activities aim to make everyone part of the action.
”In recent years, the knitting campaigns have really caught on and we find as soon as one pantomime finishes people are asking what we will be knitting the following year. How the apples will actually be used in the show is of course top secret and all will be revealed when the curtain goes up!”
There will be a trophy for the largest number of apples knitted by any one individual donated by Richmond’s CJ Lightfoot jewellers. Last year’s winner knit a grand total of 250 leaves.
Apple patterns are available to pick up in the Theatre’s Box Office or by visiting the panto page on the Theatre’s website. Alternatively, people can make up their own designs and all colours and sizes are welcomed. If anyone would like wool or filling material to make the apples they are invited to call the Theatre on 01748 823710.
Finished apples can be handed in at the Box Office or posted to The Georgian Theatre Royal on Victoria Road, Richmond, DL10 4DW. The deadline for handing in the apples is Monday 28 November.
Snow White runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal from Saturday 3 December until Sunday 8 January 2017. Tickets from £8 to £22 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service at www.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk
PHOTO: Ready, steady, knit! Seasoned knitters (left to right) Avril Proudlock, Lynne Kemp, Jen Capewell and Pam Myers embark on the Georgian Theatre’s 2016 knitting campaign.