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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).

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Sun 22 Dec 2013 21:30

Contributors to this programme

Kenneth Alan Taylor

writer, director and Dame Daisy in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse



Stephanie Sirr

Chief Executive, Nottingham Playhouse



Simon Seligman

Head of Marketing, Nottingham Playhouse



Rebecca Little

Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse



Hannah Wittingham

Enchantress in Jack and the Beanstalk, Nottingham Playhouse



Jasper Gilbert

Production Manager, Nottingham Playhouse



Sarah Richard

Head of Paint, Nottingham Playhouse



Robert Sanderson

Managing Director of the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham



Michael Harrison

Managing Director, Qdos Entertainment



David Hasselhoff

Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Nottingham



Su Pollard

Mimi the Magical Mermaid in Peter Pan, Theatre Royal, Nottingham

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