Pantomime is a very British tradition, still as popular as ever with audiences. But it's also an important annual cash cow for regional theatres and big production companies. In Business goes to Nottingham to follow the progress of the city's two rival pantomimes: one made in-house at the Nottingham Playhouse, with a much-loved dame on his thirtieth (and last) pantomime and the other at the Theatre Royal, bought in from a big pantomime making production company starring the American Baywatch actor, known as "The Hoff". Peter Day finds out what's involved and why pantomimes matter so much to regional theatres.
(Image Robert Day).
Contributors to this programme
Kenneth Alan Taylor
writer, director and Dame Daisy in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse
Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse
Head of Marketing, Nottingham Playhouse
Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse
Enchantress in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse
Production Manager, Nottingham Playhouse
Head of Paint, Nottingham Playhouse
Managing Director of the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham
Managing Director, Qdos Entertainment
Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Nottingham
Mimi the Magical Mermaid in Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Nottingham