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Pantotastic !#1
Posted: 8/10/08 at 6:50am
Ok it goes like this....
Who is the top name in your local big city panto this year...?

Glasgow Kings Theatre
Karen Dunbar (from chewing the fat) and Gerard Kelly. (from extras)

whos next ?

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re: Pantotastic !#2
Posted: 8/10/08 at 8:18am
Last I heard, Clive Rowe is coming back to Hackney for Mother Goose.

That is all that matters.
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re: Pantotastic !#2
Posted: 8/12/08 at 2:26am
Who is on in Manchesterford Songanddanceman ?
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re: Pantotastic !#3
Posted: 8/12/08 at 5:15am
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury.
Emma Barton (Honey from EastEnders)
Stephen Mulhern (Ministry of Mayhem, Britain's Got Talent)

not exactly star studded!
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re: Pantotastic !#4
Posted: 8/12/08 at 6:33am
I think we've got Linda Lusardi and Linda Lusardi's Husband. I don't like living here very much sometimes. -_-
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re: Pantotastic !#5
Posted: 8/12/08 at 7:58am
Weez- I almost weed myself at your comment. LOL
Where are the Lusardi's playing ?
I actually think Sam Kane is a bit hot ...... *blush
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re: Pantotastic !#6
Posted: 8/12/08 at 7:58am
Mickey Rooney, Michelle Collins and Bobby Davro in Cinderella at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Thankfully, I dislike pantomime anyway... re: Pantotastic !

"Murder is a very British thing, isn't it? I mean, it's almost like a hobby over there."
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re: Pantotastic !#7
Posted: 8/12/08 at 8:24am
Mickey Rooney...how old is he 90? Who is he playing?
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re: Pantotastic !#8
Posted: 8/12/08 at 8:34am

"Murder is a very British thing, isn't it? I mean, it's almost like a hobby over there."
"Why do you insist you must hear the words? When you know I cannot give you words. Not the ones you need..."

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re: Pantotastic !#9
Posted: 8/16/08 at 6:28am
That dog from 'Britians Got Talent' in 'Peter Pan' -Theatre Royal Windsor!
I laughed so hard in the theatre foyer on seeing the poster I thought i was gonna die!
Hahaha!
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re: Pantotastic !#10
Posted: 8/16/08 at 7:06am
Billy Pearce for the umpteenth time at the Bradford Alhambra in Cinderella. Also someone called Hayley Tamaddon (from Emmerdale) playing the title role just as she did in Sheffield last year.

Sheffield has "iconic" Phil Daniels from EastEnders (who I've never heard of) and "local legend" Bobby Knutt (who used to play Brian Tilsley's boss at the garage 20 odd years ago) in Aladdin.
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re: Pantotastic !#11
Posted: 8/17/08 at 6:07am
"That dog from Britain's got talent" ....... Its good that Amanda Holden got some festive work.
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re: Pantotastic !#12
Posted: 8/17/08 at 6:59am
Handbags at dawn! :P

I liked that dog. He was probably one of the better things about that series other than Simon Cowell being a bitch. (What can I say? I'm a fan of Simon Cowell being mean. ^_^)
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re: Pantotastic !#13
Posted: 8/17/08 at 7:54am
The lowry has Lorna Luft in the Wizard of OZ
Manchester Opera House has Peter Pan with Gemma atkinson (hollyoaks), john Thompson (cold feet) and Strike (britains got talent)

looks like BGT are ruling the panto roost this year
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re: Pantotastic !#14
Posted: 8/17/08 at 8:05am
NEW THEATRE, CARDIFF - ALADDIN...
Saturday 13 December - Saturday 24 January

Starring Chris Gascoyne (Coronation Street) as Abanazer
Antony Costa as Aladdin
Andy Jones as Wishee Washee
Ceri Dupree as Widow Twankey
and the Amazing 3D Genie!
The great thing with human brains is they're fanless, nice and quiet although I'm sure mine whistles a bit sometimes.
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re: Pantotastic !#15
Posted: 8/17/08 at 9:12am
Swansea Grand Theatre
'Cinderella' with Su Pollard as Baron'ess' Hardup -thats a first!
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re: Pantotastic !#16
Posted: 8/17/08 at 9:32am
Mansfield (wahey) Palace theatre - Sleeping Beauty
Milandra Burrows (emmerdale)
Mike Fischetti (Smart)
Tom Owen (Last of the summer wine)

good times.
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re: Pantotastic !#17
Posted: 8/17/08 at 11:09am
I'm impressed that Mickey Rooney is doing panto!!

Believe it or not, he was that generation's teenage heart-throb.
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re: Pantotastic !#18
Posted: 8/17/08 at 11:18am
He did it last year in Sunderland! He sat down for the entire performance! Les Dennis was not impressed by him what so ever.
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re: Pantotastic !#19
Posted: 8/17/08 at 11:33am
I'd rather see a Hollywood Legend than Les Dennis anytime!

I may even make the trip to Bristol to see this.

This must be the most incongruous thing since Cyd Charisse did Charley Girl!
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re: Pantotastic !#20
Posted: 8/17/08 at 11:42am
Scripps don't go expecting any fancy Hollywood hoofing from him- he's well past that now and I think the whole set up is rather sad. He needs autoques all over he stage etc -enought! His wife will be guiding him on and off stage as the Good fairy again!
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re: Pantotastic !#21
Posted: 8/17/08 at 12:00pm
Ahhhhh - that does sound rather sad.

My parents saw Sugar Babies in the West End and I think I remember them being rather non-plussed then.
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re: Pantotastic !#22
Posted: 8/17/08 at 7:43pm
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Sugar Babies was probably his last stab at being the iconic Hollywood name the world knows him for. He was stunning in that production given his age and never once did he flag or miss a performance. I remember being totally transfixed watching two Hollywood greats on stage in the heart of London. 'Sugar Babies', i play quiet often on my iPod. Ann Miller we lost not so long ago and to have Mr Rooney still performing is a miracle but couldn't they find him something more dignified than sitting centre stage as a character in a provincial pantomime- It wouldn't seem so bad if it was a major new West End pantomime at the London Palladium but Sunderland and Bristol (certainly no offence to residents of either wonderful city-I've performed in both!!)!
This and last years attempt at putting him out there in this state reminds me all the time of the indignity that the great star James Cagney suffered when pushed in front of the nation in a wheelchair on a long forgotten Royal Variety Performance just to say a few mumbled words.


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re: Pantotastic !#23
Posted: 8/17/08 at 8:51pm
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This is more the kind of vehicle Mr Rooney should be doing in this country. This show is about to start its 3rd national tour. It already has a reputation for bringing old skeletons out of the British Variety wardrobe!

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
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re: Pantotastic !#24
Posted: 8/17/08 at 9:16pm
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Could this be why British variety is dead?

A young actress with Noel coward after a dreadful opening night performance said to him 'Well, i knew my lines backwards this morning!'' Noels fast reply was ''Yes dear, and thats exactly how you said them tonight'!'
Updated On: 8/17/08 at 09:16 PM