Bass Bamigboy: Oh yes! Pantomimes is set for a West End return just in time for this Christmas

Showman Michael Harrison told me specifically, ‘We all need a laugh at the end of the year’, and he signed up to a cavalry of stars led by Julian Clary (pictured above at The Man in the Mirror London Palladium).

Panto will return to the London Palladium at Christmas. Oh yeah!

Showman Michael Harrison told me specifically, ‘We all need a laugh at the end of the year’, he signed up to a cavalry of stars led by Julian Clary; Special guests include Beverly Knight, as well as Ashley Banjo and variety, Paul Serdin, Nigel Havers, and Gary Wilmot. Young stars Charlie Stump and Jack Yaro will be there; Mainly acts as the butt of Clary’s stiffness.

The show, called Pantoland, will be a variety that celebrates the art of pantomime, with performances starting at the Palladium from December 12 to strictly limited to January 3, for a three-and-a-half week run.

It would have been impossible to present a traditional fairy-tale extravaganza famous in the central London arena, because the numbers are limited, on and off the stage, thanks to the rules of self-distance keeping.

Palladium owner Andrew Lloyd Weber arranged to rearrange the seats in the stalls and circle, increasing the capacity from 2,200 to 1,200.

Producer Harrison also commented that LW Theaters has ‘secured the palladium at the front and back of the house’ and that the cast and company will be tested, one of a variety of activities, acting as a bubble.

Clary, who starred in four Palladium laughter-a-tones, told me, ‘Don’t be persuaded’ to attend.

“I would do a show in a room above a pub, because it makes everyone happy, just as it makes us happy,” he said of himself and the palladium regulars.

He added that he would have ‘lost a little’ if he had had the Christmas break, having performed in 20 pantomimes since his Uletide debut in Cinderella, Brighton.

Clary, who starred in four Palladium laughter-a-tones, told me, 'Don't be persuaded' to attend.

Clary, who starred in four Palladium laughter-a-tones, told me, ‘Don’t be persuaded’ to attend.

‘It meets a need in me,’ he said. ‘Panto is very trivial – but liberated, because anything can happen.’ ‘Including me, wearing ridiculous clothes, treats Nigel Havers badly.’

We sat in Harrison’s Covid-secured office suite near Drury Lane (physically far away, of course), and the couple spent the day developing and refreshing jokes for Pantoland.

Apparently a work is still in progress, but I wondered if there was something polite (clean) to mention in this section.

‘So far this is a gift,’ Clary said of their efforts: ‘There are jokes out of 1,200 people wearing masks.’

Harrison admitted that the virus would definitely be on the agenda, because ‘we are always the subject’; They do not joke about death.

So, give the larva something, I said.

‘Matt Hancock?’ Looking at it from his script, Clary offered.

‘Save it,’ Harrison retorted. ‘No! The black hole is not one. ‘

‘What about the company Covid monitor?’ Clary asked. ‘I am a company covid monitor. Everyone should report to me for inspection. Do you have a need … ‘I’m afraid we should stop there.

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Seriously, Harrison warned: ‘This is not the solution. This cannot be the way forward. We can not think of the government: ‘Oh, everything is fine. The National Theater wears something; The same goes for bridges and open air. ‘I’m sure the audience will love what we are planning for Pantoland, but this is only for a year. As we all know we want to come back next year with a fairy tale panto. ‘

Tickets go on sale from 10 a.m. today palladiumpantomime.com.

Apparently a work is still in progress, but I wondered if there was something polite (clean) to mention in this section. 'So far this is a small gift,' Clary said of their efforts: 'There are jokes out of the 1,200 people who wear the mask.' London Palladium Pantomime Goldilocks and Three Bears can be seen above

Apparently a work is still in progress, but I wondered if there was something polite (clean) to mention in this section. ‘So far this is a gift,’ Clary said of their efforts: ‘There are jokes out of 1,200 people wearing masks.’ London Palladium Pantomime Goldilocks and Three Bears can be seen above

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