Full steam ahead for Britain’s Biggest Panto…

Press & PR Assistant, Ben Wooldridge (@benwooldridge) blogs about a trip to rehearsals and final preparations for Birmingham’s swashbuckling panto…

Ahoy there! The past couple of weeks have proved to be a busy and exciting time as we saw the final performances of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s spectacular Cinderella whilst the cast for this year’s panto got into the full swing of rehearsals whilst set, costumes and a box full of magic tricks arrived at the theatre.

Brian & Kathryn rehearse their number

Brian & Kathryn rehearse their number

Last Friday we took a minibus full of media down to rehearsals in London at The London Welsh Centre, a quaint little building in the heart of the city by Euston Station complete with wooden beams and cosy chairs – the perfect Christmas setting! Upon arrival we were treated to two production numbers, one from Lesley Joseph and the other a duet from Brian Conley and local girl (in her record-breaking third panto appearance in a row here!) Kathryn Rooney. The one thing that really stuck out is the amazing choreography in this year’s production, this probably comes as no surprise as Karen Bruce, who is in charge of creating the routines this year, has worked on the last two seasons of Strictly Come Dancing and Vincent and Flavia’s Midnight Tango!

Following a brief lunch underneath the Christmas tree we then sat down with Brian, Lesley and producer and director of Robinson Crusoe, Michael Harrison for media interviews in front of the camera and behind the microphone. Michael has created no less than 53 panto’s for QDOS entertainment and is also producer of the brand-new West End musical, The Bodyguard. Both Lesley and Brian talked about their excitement for this year’s panto and Brian even promised a better show than last year’s sensational Cinderella!!

Brian & Lesley talk to the press

Brian & Lesley talk to the press

Meanwhile, the cast are now all safely in Birmingham for the final stages of rehearsals in our DanceXchange studios. Elsewhere on stage the rigging is being hoisted, ships are being assembled and giant shells are flying through the air as the magnificent set comes together. Wardbrobe are also busy unloading hoards of costumes and we have heard whispers that there are over 300 of them, all of which are brand new!!

To listen to interviews with Brian, Lesley and Michael from the day CLICK HERE and tune in to our latest Podcast.

Panto is always an exciting time here, and this year is certainly no exception – look out for more updates soon…

For more info & to book for Robinson Crusoe & the Caribbean Pirates CLICK HERE.

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