The tradition of Panto lives on

Milton Keynes theatre is ‘going to the ball’ with Cinderella. The Panto is coming to the stage on the 5th of December 2012. Favourite TV personality Louie Spence heads a sensational cast as the Prince’s loyal and slightly outrageous servant, Dandini. The Panto will feature a handsome Prince, enchanting Fairy Godmother, the boo-able Ugly Sisters and Buttons.

Pantomimes are a traditional form of entertainment in the UK associated with the Christmas Season. Most cities and towns have a Pantomime at this time of the year with every theatre hosting one by local amateur performers or professionals. They are a great sell out across the country and enjoyed by adults and children alike (although, probably much like Marmite, you either love Pantomimes or hate them).

Interestingly the history of Pantomimes, or ‘Panto’ as it is more affectionately known, dates back to the middle Ages dating back to the early 1700s. A “pantomime” was a traditional British folk play performed during festive gatherings and contained many elements still seen today such as stage fights, coarse humour and fantastic creatures.

Although enjoyed by all ages the story line is aimed at children and is based on a popular fairy tales or folk legend. The most popular is ‘Cinderella’ followed by Aladdin and ‘Snow White’. While the audience will be familiar with the original story, the plot in the story always has a ‘twist’ for comical effect. The big name Theatres try to attract a celebrity guest star, another pantomime tradition, for the leading role to get ticket sell-outs for the six to eight week duration of the production.

Pantomime combines many elements of theatre and adapting to modern trends to keep it novel. The tradition of the Panto therefore continues and audience participation is still a very important part. The audience is encouraged to boo the villain whenever he enters the stage, argue with the Dame (who is always a man) and warn the Principal Boy (who is always a girl) when the villain is behind them by shouting out “He’s behind you!”
By the end of the pantomime, the villain has been defeated, true love has conquered all and everyone lives happily ever after.

If this is on your Festive Season ‘Wish List’ including a weekend or midweek stay in Milton Keynes, Cotels have a number of serviced apartments within walking distance to Milton Keynes Theatre. All apartments are fully furnished with an option of number of rooms and beds required making your stay less expensive and more convenient than a hotel booking. The Panto season is very popular in Milton Keynes, so don’t waste time in making your ticket and accommodation bookings now.