York Theatre Royal Panto 2020 is Cinderella, the most magical pantomime of all, from 4 December 2020 to January 10, 2021.
It’s all change at the York Theatre Royal panto this year after the shock decision to change the long running panto cast of Berwick Kaler, Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper and David Leonard. The new panto is being billed as a more family friendly, glittering affair and I am eager to see it. Never fear though, Berwick and the gang will still be around at The Grand Opera House. I’m hoping to see both pantos, it will be an interesting year!
This timeless rags-to-riches story will be relocated to the city of York, with the stage coming to sparkling life with magical transformations, glittering sets, stunning songs and side-splitting laughs. Co-producing with Evolution, one of the country’s most successful and award-winning pantomime producers, the Theatre Royal is creating a brand new pantomime for everyone – with the promise of a truly epic spectacle and heaps of hilarity.
Cinderella will be directed by York Theatre Royal’s Associate Director Juliet Forster and written by Paul Hendy with additional material by David Reed.
York Theatre Royal Executive Director Tom Bird says:
“We are over the moon to be creating a spectacular new pantomime for the people of York – one that’s tailor-made for the whole family, while honouring the pantomime traditions that our audiences love so much. Our recipe includes two of the most exciting voices in our city, David Reed and Juliet Forster, together with Emily Wood and Paul Hendy, the finest makers of pantomime in the country – a fairytale combination. This phenomenal team will give the York Theatre Royal pantomime a new lease of life with a fresh, family-friendly, fun-filled approach to the story of Cinderella. It’s a pantomime for the new decade, set with pride in our amazing city.”
York Theatre Royal Panto
Evolution Productions was started by Emily Wood and Paul Hendy in 2005 and has built a reputation for superior, bespoke pantomimes with the emphasis on high quality production values, strong casting and genuinely funny scripts. They have twice won Pantomime of the Year at the Great British Pantomime Awards. They are the team behind Sheffield Theatres’ extraordinarily successful pantomime in the Lyceum Theatre.
Producer and writer Paul Hendy says:
“Emily and I are absolutely thrilled to be working with York Theatre Royal on this year’s pantomime. We are huge fans of the theatre and we’re looking forward to collaborating with Tom and his brilliant team to produce a wonderful, family friendly pantomime with spectacular production values, a superbly talented cast, and a genuinely funny script.”
Further creatives and cast for Cinderella will be announced in coming months.
Ticket prices remain the same as for 2019-2020. Family tickets and Sunday shows are being introduced as well as schools and groups discounts so that everyone can go to the ball.
There is priority booking for York Theatre Royal Members. For details about membership contact the box office.
Members 10 day priority booking opens on 3 February.
Members 5 day priority booking opens on 8 February. 9am in person at box office, 10am online and phone booking.
General booking opens on 13 February. 9am in person at box office, 10am online and phone booking.