A few months ago after lockdown began, it seemed a possibility that Pantomime was unlikely to happen on a grand scale this Christmas. As the theatre industry began to consider the implications of empty buildings, my thoughts turned to the many thousands of freelancers that actually devise and make the shows happen. These creatives are the backbone of our entertainment culture and as one of them whose working life suddenly ceased I wondered what I could do.
I grew up with Pantomime, my parents produced and appeared in them and they have often been at the core of my own theatrical adventures. My solution to this dilemma was to make a Pantomime film of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Everyone I asked to be involved has joined in with unbounded enthusiasm, sharing their talents and skills in what is turning out to an exciting and original film. It has grown, just like the beanstalk beyond its more humble aspirations and now seems to have a life of its own.
The finished film can be shown at home, in theatres, scout huts, care homes or wherever and I hope will bring some traditional fun to what has been a tough year for so many. It is available now with an early bird ticket and can be watched as many times as you like from the 4th December.
So pantoonline.co.uk is where to go to find out more. It’s a great big adventure, spectacular, innovative and all filmed in two large London gardens. If you can’t go to the panto, the panto will come to you.