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Crocodile Takes Centre Stage at King’s Pantomime

The Cast of Peter Pan Credit: The King's Theatre
The Cast of Peter Pan Credit: The King’s Theatre

By Melissa Steel

The King’s Theatre pantomime will have more bite to it this year thanks to a “particularly scary” crocodile when it opens on 30th November.

The Peter Pan production is set to shake up the standard pantomime format with new special effects. However, fans can still look forward to seeing panto veterans Andy Gray, Allen Stewart and Grant Stott on stage.

Although most of the changes are still under wraps, the production does look set to be much grander than previous years. Director Ed Curtis said: “There will be a new level of scale and stunning special effects, including a particularly scary crocodile. I can’t give too much away, though.”

Curtis is still eager to praise King’s pantos of the past. Curtis said: “There was nothing wrong with the other productions, but we are trying to push the envelope this year.”

Curtis’s decision to take the project on was also influenced by a fondness for the King’s and the pantomime tradition. The King’s has a long history of staging pantomimes – a production of Cinderella actually opened the theatre in 1907. Curtis said: “I love the King’s. I have worked with Andy and Allen before and the prospect of working with them again was extremely attractive. Peter Pan is one of the great British fairy tale stories, too. I’ve not done a Peter Pan before, so I really wanted the opportunity to tell the story. It took me about three seconds to say yes.”

Curtis has directed a variety of pantomimes in the past. Curtis said: “I have directed three or four with Qdos before. This is not the first, but it is certainly the biggest.”

Peter Pan also marks the beginning of Michael Harrison’s tenure as producer of the King’s pantomime. Harrison is head of Qdos Entertainment’s pantomime division, one of the biggest pantomime production companies in the UK. Harrison said: “The late Gerard Kelly said to me, “Pantomime is a celebration of local culture,” and that is more applicable in Scotland than it is anywhere else and probably more applicable at the King’s than it is anywhere else.”

Comic relief comes in the form of performers Andy Gray, Allen Stewart and Grant Stott, as always. This was one aspect of the show Curtis was not eager to change. Curtis said: “It is a joy of a company to work with and the three of them are a strong comic trio.” Producer Harrison was also quick to praise the actors. Harrison said: “Grant is an Edinburgh boy, Andy although he lives in Perth has spent a long time living in Edinburgh, and Allan’s comedy is all about what is topical, whether it’s about the tram, parliament or Edinburgh Zoo. This unmissable production has got something for everyone and I am sure the production will delight audiences of all ages.”

Panto’ Fever Sweeps Scotland

With the festive season upon us, its once again time to embrace the array of pantomimes sweeping through theatres across Scotland. Dunedin Napier News gives you a preview of this season’s must see productions.

The Wizard of Never Woz
The Wizard of Never Woz

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe -Edinburgh

Step into the magical land of Narnia, as a full scale recreation of Narnia is on at Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum. The production runs from November 28th to January 3rd. Ticket hotline: 0131 248 4848

The Wizard of Never Woz-Glasgow

The Pavillion Theatre in Glasgow plays host to a fun filled adaption of the classic ‘Wizard of Oz’. Join Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion on their adventure along the yellow brick road. The show runs from December 3rd to January 24th. Ticket hotline: 0141 332 1846

Aladdin’s King – Edinburgh

Aladdin comes to life at Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre with the aid of a visually stunning 3D genie. Runs from November 29th to January 18th. Ticket hotline: 0141 529 6000

Cinderella – Glasgow

Come see if the shoe still fits as Glasgow’s King’s Theatre presents a classic reproduction of Cinderella. Running from November 28th to January 11th. Ticket hotline: 0870 060 6648

Beauty and the Beast – Dundee

Catch this classic fairytale at Dundee Rep from December 3rd to January 2nd. Tickets available at 01382 22 3530

For those looking to escape the bairns for a night, look no further than the Tron in Glasgow. It’s presenting ‘Mother Bruce’, but with a twist. A spider spinning golden threads replaced the golden egg laying goose, as this production provides a humorous view of Scottish history. Running from November 29th to January 4th. Ticket hotline: 0141 552 4267

Staying in Glasgow, the Oran Mor in Glasgow is showcasing ‘Babes in the Wood’. With a pie and pint included in the ticket price, this production is already a winner. A political comedy sure to entertain satire and pie lovers alike. Running December 1st to 20th. Ticket hotline: 0141 357 6200