Two Petite Pantos is a brand new idea in the world of pantomime: one performance, but two completely different stories told in unique ways. Two pantomimes for the price of one! The pantomimes in question are Dick Whittington and Mother Goose and both feature just one act and are performed by the same cast.
Performances will be at the Drayton Arms Theatre, Old Brompton Road, London between the 9 and 13 January 2018.
Most audiences will have seen a pantomime at some point and think they know what to expect. Two Petite Pantos is going to ask audiences to leave their expectations at the door and enjoy something more forward thinking and innovative.
Robert Pearce, the writer and director said: “I want to show that pantomime is as vital a theatrical voice for political and social discussion as any new play that might be produced at the National Theatre or Royal Court. I’d like the audience to see that panto can be as inventive as a new work at Sadler’s Wells and as thought-provoking as an evening at the Donmar Warehouse.
“And not forgetting, of course, that pantomime is the funniest, loudest and most sparkling evening in the theatre that the whole family can enjoy! Both pantos will be full of laugh out loud comedy, groan inducing puns and just enough romance to keep everyone happy. They’ll feature probably the widest range of songs to appear on a panto stage from Music Hall classics through to RuPaul and even AC/DC!
"This is the first time that a professional double bill of pantomime stories has ever been produced and is going to be an exciting opportunity to explore the genre's versatility, vitality and vitalness."
Dick Whittington tells the story of a boy hoping to find London’s streets paved with gold and the adventures that ensue along with a cat, a rat, a girl dressed as a boy, a boy dressed as a girl and a fairy.
Mother Goose is a more unusual panto and follows a lonely widow on her quest for love and happiness in the face of adversity: in this case a dictator who is trying to take over the world!
The cast is made of experienced pantomime professionals who have worked all over the UK and with some of British entertainment’s most legendary stars. Robert has spent over twelve years as a pantomime dame and this production will mark his 25th panto in that time! Robert has written and directed summer pantomimes for Haven Holidays and has had his full length scripts performed by companies across the UK, Australia and America.
Robert said: “I'm so excited about it; I’m passionate about pantomime and its significance in British cultural history and I’m looking forward to sharing that passion with a new audience at the Drayton Arms Theatre in Kensington."
CAST: Helen Gulston, Emma-Jane Morton, Ant Payne, Robert Pearce, Lucy Reed, Amanda Swift,
Written and Directed by: Robert Pearce
Choreographed by: James Rowell
Stage Managed by: Amee Smith
Performances: 9 – 13 January 2018
Tuesday – Friday @ 7:30pm, Saturday @ 3:00pm and 7:30pm
Ticket info: £16 / £14
Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ
www.thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/tickets | 020 7835 2301