When we think about York royalty we’re obviously not talking the Prince of Andrew – (although he’d be right-at-home in a panto. Maybe The Prince and the Pizza? – speak to my agent).
Sorry…where was I..? Oh yes…forgive me being a bit giddy,(perhaps like a ‘Goose’)…but it is only sixteen more sleeps (as at 24/11/22) until Christmas starts proper – with HRH Berwick Kaler and his Merry Band raising the curtain on York’s Grand Opera House pantomime ‘The Adventures of Old Granny Goose’.
For the record: You need to know I’m not simply trotting out some press-release hyperbole here - I.Was.On.The.Stage.With.Berwick recently - and Martin Barrass, Suzy Cooper, AJ Powell and David Leonard –the other members of the A Team who are going to light-up York this Christmas for us all. It was incredible. I do this for you, readers.
For 4 decades audiences in the city have been loving Dame Kaler’s antics – but this could be Berwick’s greatest theatrical challenge to date: he somehow has to channel an OAP who yearns to be young and beautiful again. How this ever-youthful treader of the boards will do that – we’ll find out on opening night, which is 10th December.
Someone else who clearly enjoys a daily pint of ‘Eternal Youth IPA’ is Ms Cooper, who I encountered dressed as the Fairy of my dreams. I even found myself in charge of her magic wand for a time. (Obviously I wasn’t selfish – and wished for world peace and an abundance of global love and understanding.)
I’m not allowed to tell you too much, other than larger-than-life David Leonard is likely to make a bit of a devil of himself, while Pixi and Elfred, are bound to have all the answers when they hit 18. I know my kids did.
So be quick – and get your tickets booked for the only event this winter that will momentarily let you forget that we all feel we are actually starring in a panto every day.
We’re guaranteed lots of good versus evil, hilarious antics, jaw-dropping special effects, sensational songs and the obligatory boos and hisses for us all to enjoy. See you there!
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The Adventures Of Old Granny Goose runs 10 December to 8 January