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Richmond’s Pantomime Takes Its Place Amongst The Greatest Festive Shows Of 2018
Thursday - December 13, 2018
The Observer has named the pantomime at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal as one of the best Christmas shows of 2018.

The historic theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty is one of 15 shows to be selected across the country and ranks alongside box office giants such as Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Dawn French’s Snow White at the London Palladium and the RSC’s A Christmas Carol at Stratford.

“We are exceedingly proud to have made this festive A List,” said the pantomime’s writer and Theatre’s Chief Executive Clare Allen. “The Georgian Theatre Royal is well-known across the region for the exceptional quality of its pantomime but to have received such national recognition is a huge accomplishment.”

Sophie Campbell, a writer from The Telegraph, also travelled up from London to see the show earlier this week and review the show:

“Loved this: tiny Georgian theatre full of shouting and laughter, nifty twist on the Sleeping Beauty story - with the theatre itself as the awakening princess - and a magisterial double act from the Dame and the Wicked Fairy (a theatre critic, what else?) Just what panto should be.”

Sleeping Beauty follows the plot of one of the world’s best-loved fairy tales with ‘panto-esque’ twists and turns and the usual mix of dazzling dance routines, catchy songs and family-based humour. 

The cast includes Gary ‘Gacko’ Bridgens as Queen Tryphosa who is starring in his ninth Richmond pantomime and his fifth outing as dame. He is joined by Ross Dean as stage husband King Samuel, who played the Tin Man in last year’s production The Wizard of Oz. Also from The Wizard of Oz cast are Nick O’Connor as Maleficent and Freya Mawhinney as Dolly Partridge. Making their debuts on the Richmond stage are Victoria West as Princess Aurora and Conor Hinds as her two love interests Dave and Hercules. The professional cast is complemented by a junior chorus drawn from local youngsters.

As well as playing the dame, Gary Bridgens is making his debut as the pantomime’s Director. Daniel Bowater returns for the ninth year as Musical Director, accompanied by musician Joey Leyland.

A special feature of this year’s set is a giant knitted patchwork quilt made up from woollen squares produced by the community.

Sleeping Beauty runs from Friday 7 December 2018 until Sunday 13 January 2019. Tickets are priced from £9 and are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via the online booking service on the Theatre’s website:

PHOTO: Victoria West (Princess Aurora) and her true love (Conor Hinds) tread the boards in The Georgian Theatre Royal’s production of Sleeping Beauty.
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