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Panto season begins! First up it’s the magical tale of Cinderella at the Key Theatre in Peterborough. Ready to go to the ball? We certainly are! Sharon McAllister has more...

I can remember seeing panto at the Key Theatre as a child and how excited I was when performers raced up the staircase next to me. That sense of being part of the show, up close to all of the action in the intimate auditorium, is one of the special qualities of this Peterborough landmark.

You’ve only got to watch kids getting lost in the panto fun, jumping to their feet pointing at the baddie, to see one of their first encounters with live theatre come to life. General Manager of the Key Theatre, Jag Singh, believes this early introduction is vital to create theatregoers of the future and can’t wait to see families back and getting in the festive spirit.

After missing out on our panto fix last year, this year’s production of Cinderella has been eagerly anticipated. This year we shall go to the ball and while we might still need a mask to match our ball gown and some sanitiser for our pumpkin, this magical tale will bring some welcome relief.

This production is written and produced in-house by the Key Theatre’s very own David Griffin-Stephens with original music and songs by Simon Hanson – ‘beautifully Disney-esque’ Jag tells me, and with plenty of Peterborough puns and jokes in the mix this will have a truly local flavour.

The talented cast of Cinderella not only give it full slapstick treatment but there's lots of singing and dancing and we're also delighted to welcome back a live orchestra.

Jag says he can’t wait – This is the longest running traditional family panto in the city in a purpose-built theatre with great acoustics. The auditorium is intimate, cosy and there’s not one bad seat for a perfect view.

“I’m really excited about Cinderella. With this panto there’s something for all ages with an original script written to appeal to everyone.

“It has a high production quality with real illusions, bespoke sets, costumes and special effects plus live original music produced especially for this panto which will blow you away.”

The Key Theatre along with The Cresset and New Theatre in Peterborough are all adhering to the ‘See It Safely’ Covid protocols including enhanced cleaning, regular testing of staff, contactless payments and queue management.

They’re also encouraging audience members to take a test before attending shows and to wear face coverings.

Cinderella runs from December 3 to January 9 and with tickets from only £10, plus other discounts available, they aim to make sure everyone can enjoy the show this year.


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