GONE is the tradition of waiting until the last night. Instead, York Theatre Royal is announcing next winter’s pantomime today, the day when the 2022-2023 show, the swashbuckling All New Adventures Of Peter Pan, opens.
Keeping you in suspense until the second paragraph, the answer is Jack And The Beanstalk, full of beans from December 8 2023 to January 7 2024 in a fourth collaboration between the Theatre Royal and Evolution Productions.
This “timeless family favourite promises stunning sets, lavish costumes, breath-taking special effects and lots of panto magic”.
Already confirmed for the cast is Robin Simpson, who will be returning to dame duty after The Travelling Panto in 2020, his Ugly Sister double act, Mardy and Manky, with Paul Hawkyard in Cinderella last winter and dame-cum-henchperson, Mrs Smee, opposite Hawkyard’s Captain Hook this season.
Hawkyard and Simpson were such a hit, they were nominated for Best Ugly Sisters in the 2022 British Pantomimes Awards. Further casting will be announced for next winter in 2023.
Written by Paul Hendy and directed by Theatre Royal creative director Juliet Forster – the same team behind The Travelling Pantomime and Cinderella – All New Adventures Of Peter Pan will feature Jason Battersby as Peter Pan, CBeebies’ presenter Maddie Moate as Tinkerbell and Faye Campbell as Elizabeth Darling.
Looking ahead, chief executive Tom Bird says: “We’re overjoyed to be working with Evolution again on another spectacular pantomime for 2023. Jack And The Beanstalk is such a well-loved story and we can’t wait to bring our fresh new take on it.
“We’re also thrilled to have Robin Simpson on board once again. Audiences absolutely loved his Ugly Sister in Cinderella and he’s an absolute joy to have on our stage. People of York, you’re in for a treat!”
Tickets for Jack And The Beanstalk go on general sale from 2pm today, with a ticket price “freeze” in place to ensure charges at the same level as this year, starting at £15.
Discounts are available for groups and on family tickets, along with a special Early Bird offer for any bookings in January or February. More details can be found on the Theatre Royal website or by visiting the box office in St Leonard’s Place. Box office: 01904 623568 or at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk