Men dressed as women, women dressed as men and former reality TV stars using their final seconds of fame to snatch a bit more cash before they slope off back into obscurity. Pantomime season is in full swing at a theatre near you right now. Oh yes it is! But which of these quintessentially British showbiz productions also boasts one of the best panto posters of 2013?
Aladdin, running at the New Wimbledon Theatre in London until 11th January, sees the pantomime debut of comedienne and writer Jo Brand as the Genie of the Ring.
Buttons: Another Cinderella Story
Buttons: Another Cinderella Story, running at the Rosemary Branch theatre in London until 7th January, is a topsy-turvy reimagining of the classic Cinderella fairytale.
Hansel and Gretel
Hansel and Gretel, running at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal until 29th December, is a folksy Christmas show for all the family.
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk, running at the Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London until 4th January, has all the incredients of a traditional panto but with a modern twist. Just like this striking and original poster design, featuring a zumba-loving cow.
Mother Goose, running at The Montgomery in Sheffield from 10th January until 18th January, is the annual pantomime of the Wales Methodist Panto Players.
Peter Panto And The Incredible Stinkerbell
Peter Panto And The Incredible Stinkerbell, running at the The Tron Theatre in Glasgow until 4th January, is another piece of contemporary theatrical work – with a poster design to match.
Pinocchio opens at The Old Market theatre in Brighton and Hove from 28th December until 2nd January. Let’s hope the imaginations of the kids and parents watching this show are as skilled as this delightful poster design.
Puss in Boots
Puss in Boots, running at the Hackney Empire in London until 5th January, is a “gleefully eclectic” panto according to the theatre critic at Metro newspaper. Also look out for these panto themed lamp post banners on Mare Street.
Sleeping Beauty, running at the Mercury Theatre in Colchester until 11th January, comes complete with banjo-playing rabbits.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Guess we should include our own local pantomime in this panto posters parade. Snow White, starring Lisa Riley from Emmerdale, is showing at the Cliffs Pavilion theatre in Southend-on-Sea until 4th January. As for the poster design, it follows the familiar style that’s seen in many towns and cities around the UK every year.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, running at The Elgiva in Buckinghamshire until 4th January, sees Dorothy, Tin Man, Lion and Scarecrow follow the yellow brick road and battle the wicked witch and her flying monkeys.