Friday, 30 December 2016

"Oh no it isn't!" St Georges Panto

We have a family tradition of going to the panto on Christmas Eve, for the past four years we have gone to St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth.

St Georges Theatre, located in Kings Street, was built in the 1700's and is a Grade 1 listed building. It had extensive restoration from 2006-09 and reopened under the St Georges Theatre Trust and it has grown rapidly in popularity.

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St Georges Bar, cafe and Plaza offers a wide menu of food and drinks plus box office facilities. This is definitely worth a visit even if you're not attending a show.

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This year's pantomime is Robin Hood, running from 17th December till 8th January. Tickets are priced at £9 per child and £12 per adult (concession price £11) and they run shows at 2pm and 6pm.

Tickets are selling fast so don't delay!

We arrived at the theatre at 5.45pm, I had arranged to collect tickets upon arrival and we were quickly served and directed to our seats. Once we had sorted out, we headed to the small bar area for drinks and refreshments, these were reasonably priced, three drinks and 3 bags of sweets came to £13.50.

Adjacent to this is a stall selling popcorn at £1.50 per bag, programmes, light up sticks and such like. They also have a raffle at each panto performance with tickets costing £1 per strip, I always get the girls a strip each.
We also made sure that the girls had used the toilets before the show started. Then went back to our seats. 

This year we were third row back and in the centre so we had a great view of the stage. The theatre auditorium isn't overly big and the back rows are tiered which makes sure that the entire audience has a good view. 

A few minutes before the performance was due to start a character dressed as a minstrel came out and took a seat at the side of the stage, pretending to play along to the music. He then opens the show and introduces everyone to their evening of fun and laughter.

The panto was a fast moving show, packed with jokes and slapstick comedy. Plenty to keep the entire audience entertained and included a couple of parts where they got some unsuspecting member of the audience up on stage!

The show followed a storyline based on Robin Hood but full of songs and dance and plenty of innuendos to keep the adults amused.
The girls favourite characters were Will and Robin Hood's mum, The Panto Dame. 
They had the audience in stitches of laughter.

We had a great time watching the Panto at St Georges Theatre, you still have time to book as they run until Sunday 8th January. Make sure you give them a call today or book online.

Not only does St Georges offer a wide range of shows all year round, they also run theatre groups and is available for hire for events including weddings! What a beautiful building to get married in, imagine making your vows in this listed building.

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Happy New Year!

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