On Monday morning Jack and the Beanstalk rehearsals kicked off with a bang! The cast, crew, production team and Arts Theatre staff joined together for the first read through of the script - a favourite date in the pantomime calendar for many of us!
The script read through begins rehearsals every year, and it's a great chance for the whole Arts Theatre pantomime company to meet (over some classic panto jokes!) before a busy, fun and joyful festive period!
If there's one sure-fire way to get the Arts Theatre team well and truly geared up for the festive season... it's the annual pantomime photo shoot!
Last week we invited a few of the brilliant Jack and the Beanstalk cast to the theatre, stitched them into (very sparkly) costumes and our photographer, Tony Meehan, snapped away.
Over the pantomime season each year we raise money through bucket collections for local charities, and we are delighted to announce that audiences who attended Dick Whittington raised an incredible £16,417!
This weekend marks our final performances of Dick Whittington and his Cat, so with panto season sadly drawing to a close for another year, we thought we'd offer you something slightly different... Panto by numbers!
Our spectacular cast have performed Dick Whittington 62 times - that's 155 hours!
15,000 words make up the pantomime script.
30 Front of House staff have worked hard to make your trip to the theatre as special as possible...
Making theatre accessible to all is incredibly important to us, as we believe that everyone should experience the magic of the arts!
Each year we put on over 40 accessible Performances, including British Sign Language interpreted, Audio Described and Relaxed Performances. Tomorrow we have our Relaxed Performance of our pantomime Dick Whittington, one of our favourite shows of the year!
We've delved head first into our extensive theatre archives, a mysterious place jam-packed with glittery costumes, old photographs, stage sets and everything in-between, to show you the theatrical gems in the Arts Theatre history...
Now that curtain-up for our spectacular family pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat is just one day away, all the writers can do now is wait! This week we sat down for a chat with the script writing duo Matt Crosby and Al Morley, and found out what it's really like writing for the joyful, hilarious and bizarre art-form of panto...
Firstly, what kicked off your respective careers in writing panto scripts?
You might know your HE'S BEHIND YOU's and your OH NO YOU'RE NOT's, and you may well know the difference between the lovable Buttons and dear old Wishee Washee too, but we have gathered some truly festive pantomime facts to broaden your theatrical knowledge this Christmas...
So read on and you'll soon find yourself a certified panto aficionado when you take your seats for Dick Whittington this year.
P.S. Flaunting new-found pantomime knowledge to adjacent theatre-goers is optional.
Earlier this week the cast, creatives and company of this year's traditional family pantomime Dick Whittington and his Cat gathered for the script read-through, an annual tradition for Cambridge Arts Theatre, and always a wonderful way to kick off the rehearsal period.
Everyone from the cast, director and choreographer, to the musical team, producer and Cambridge Arts Theatre staff all joined to meet the team who make our pantomime happen and hear the hilarious words of writing duo Al Morley and Matt Crosby brought to life.