Qudos Entertainment has announced that Elaine Paige will be joining the cast of Pantoland at the Palladium this Christmas.
Running from the 12th December until the 3rd January, Pantoland at the Palladium will see Elaine Paige returning to the theatre having layed Queen Rat in Dick Whittington in 2017. She joins the previously announced Julian Clary, Paul Zerdin, Nigel Havers and Gary Wilmot, Ashley Banjo & Diversity, Charlie Stemp, Beverley Knight and Jac Yarrow.
Talking about joining the cast, Elaine Paige said: “I absolutely loved playing the evil Queen Rat in Dick Whittington a couple of years ago and can’t wait to be back on The London Palladium’s stage again this year, alongside Julian and the wonderful panto gang. Bringing theatre back to the West End is vital for our industry, which has been largely closed since March. I’m thrilled to play a part in helping theatre take its first steps towards full reopening in 2021. It’s time to escape the challenges around us all and give everyone a well-needed laugh!”
Pantoland at the Palladium has been made possible as a result of a creative initiative announced by The National Lottery last week which it hopes will 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.
The show is devised and directed by Michael Harrison, with choreography by Karen Bruce, set design by Ian Westbrook, costume design by Hugh Durrant, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Gareth Owen and composer and orchestrator Gary Hind.