Qdos Entertainment and LW Theatres have confirmed that Pantoland at The Palladium will run at the theatre from the 12th December until the 3rd January.
Led by Julian Clary, the production will see audiences enter the world of pantomime and welcoming back panto favourites Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, as well as past stars Ashley Banjo & Diversity and Charlie Stemp. Making their debut will be West End sensations Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.
Returning to the London Palladium for the fifth year, pantomime at the theatre is an important part of the West End calendar, with Pantoland at the Palladium being no different – filled with laughter and surprises.
The production has been devised and directed by Michael Harrison, with the creative team also including: choreographer Karen Bruce, set designer Ian Westbrook, costume designer Hugh Durrant, lighting designer Ben Cracknell, sound designer Gareth Owen and composer and orchestrator Gary Hind.
Pantoland at the Palladium has been made possible as a result of a creative initiative announced by The National Lottery which hopes to enable hundreds of thousands of theatregoers to enjoy socially distanced pantomime this Christmas in theatres across the nation. The initiative will see The National Lottery buy seats that need to remain empty to enable social-distancing, complying with relevant government and public health guidance. By making it viable for theatres to open their doors to the general public, up to 250,000 tickets are expected to be available, with more than 20,000 free tickets available for National Lottery players and the rest to go on sale.
Talking about the news, Director and Producer Michael Harrison said: “Pantoland at The Palladium promises to be a spectacular and exciting celebration of this wonderful art form that has been so devastated and decimated by COVID-19. There is no doubt producing a show of this size and scale is a risk – but it is a risk we have to take. This is not a long term fix, nor a solution to the tragic situation our industry is in, it simply provides a sticking plaster on a very big theatrical wound as we hopefully prepare for full openings in 2021.As well as bringing our wonderful audiences back, we want to play our part in the rehabilitation of London’s vibrant West End. The production is made possible by the sheer goodwill, determination and courage of so many people – thanks to them over 200 people will now have jobs over Christmas.”
Pantoland at the Palladium will play from the 12th December until the 3rd January 2021.