We are delighted to announce that audiences for our spectacular family pantomime Cinderella raised over £18,000 for selected charities through bucket collections - an outstanding £3,000 more than the year prior!
Is the Pantomime for everyone? Oh yes, it is!
The critics have spoken and the reviews are in for our spectacular family pantomime Cinderella, and the press loved it! Here's what they had to say...
'Cambridge Arts Theatre's Christmas pantomimes keep getting better every year - so it's no surprise this production of Cinderella is their best - and funniest - yet'
'Will have you laughing out loud and dancing in your seat the whole way through'
A sure staple in Cambridge Arts Theatre's calendar is our Pantomime Script Read-Through... Every year, to mark the start of rehearsals, the cast, company and theatre staff gather to meet each other and read through the script for the very first time. It's always a fabulous way to get to know the team and to celebrate the start of our magical pantomime. The cast now begin two weeks of intensive rehearsals before Tech Week and the first performance on Thursday 28 November, watch this space!
© Martin Bond photography
Panto season truly feels like its on its way once our cast photoshoot is done and dusted! Colourful costumes are stitched, make-up is applied and our photographer sets up his equipment as our fantastic cast step into their characters for the very first time.
Each year over the pantomime season we raise money through bucket collections for selected charities. We're delighted to announce that Aladdin audiences raised over £15,000!
The third and final of our A Day in the Life of... pantomime edition blog posts is with our Technical Assistant Harry Chell! Harry's main role for our pantomime is a flyman (he operates the numerous set pieces that need to be flown in and out of the stage by pulling ropes attached to each bar!). Each bar can hold up to a tonne of weight - so no mean feat!
We've picked Harry's brain about panto-world, here's what he had to say...
Describe your pantomime role in three words?
The second in our A Day in the Life of... blog series is with our pantomime Director Phil Clark! Phil has over 40 years of experience as a professional director and writer, and Aladdin marks his directorial debut at Cambridge Arts Theatre. We chatted with Phil to find out his typical working day in theatreland...
The critics of Cambridge (and everyone else!) has spoken, and they've loved our spectacular Christmas pantomime Aladdin - here's a round up of what they thought. Click on the quotes to read the full reviews, but don't take their word for it - gather your friends and family and join us for the biggest, best and most GENIE-us Christmas show in Cambridge!
'Twas the Eve Before Press Night
By Rachel Osborne (Marketing and Education Officer)
‘Twas the eve before press night, and all through the Arts,
Impatience was building for gala to start.
The cast were all nestled, asleep in their beds,
Whilst echoes of boos and cheers chimed in their heads;
Aladdin dreamt deeply of winning his prize,
Our beautiful princess -a sight for sore eyes!
The Genie sang sadly whilst squashed in his lamp,
Wishing that someone would help cure his cramp.