The Civic Theatre’s panto, Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs, proved to be the hit of the year at the theatre with both audiences and critics alike. The show’s 66 performances sold over 28,500 tickets, which was a record, with many shows sold out weeks and months in advance.
Louie Westwood played The Man in the Mirror, and his performance won many plaudits, being described as “a subtly camp pop-star, all silver lamé and high kicks” by Anne Morely Priestman of Anne at the Theatre, and “a silver suited camp dynamo” by blogger Michael Gray. The blogger was also impressed with Andrew Fettes’s Nurse Nellie, with the dame being lauded for being “brilliant in demanding comedy routines”.
Comments on Facebook and Twitter also included gushing comments such as; “Fabulous family fun, I laughed as much as the kids did”, “It was my children’s first panto and they thoroughly enjoyed it” and “you’ve made my kids’ Christmas”.
After such a success, the Civic is now looking forward to 2018’s panto, ‘Cinderella’, which producers One From The Heart, in association with the Civic Theatre, will bring another action-packed family show to Chelmsford. Tickets for the show went on sale in late December and 20% of tickets have already been snapped up.
Councillor Julia Jeapes, Cabinet Member for Leisure says: “The Christmas panto is a vital part of our calendar at the Civic Theatre, and we are very proud of the amazing performances we and One From The Heart productions have created, and we are already looking forward to seeing Cinderella”. Cllr Jeapes continued: “The Civic offers a wide range of dramas, musicals, gigs and much more throughout the year and really does offer something for everyone. We were especially happy to offer our first relaxed panto performance for those on the autism spectrum or with sensory and communication needs, an innovation that we will repeat for 2018”.
Cinderella, the fairy godmother of all pantomimes, shall be at the Civic Theatre from Friday 30 November 2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 01245 606505 or booking online at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres. Tickets are £23.00 (full-price) and £20.00 (concession) with special rates for groups, families and schools.