New producers add sales to panto run – oh yes they do!

Members of the cast of Lowther Pavilion's 2014 panto Aladdin, from left:  Richard Marquiss, Jack Bradley, Olivia Stuart, Scott Wright and Chris D'Bray
Members of the cast of Lowther Pavilion's 2014 panto Aladdin, from left: Richard Marquiss, Jack Bradley, Olivia Stuart, Scott Wright and Chris D'Bray

The first pantomime at Lowther Pavilion under new producers proved a hit, with cash sales for seats for Aladdin up seven per cent on the previous year.

Total attendance for the 31-show run staged by Polka Dot Pantomimes from December 9 to 30 was also up to 5,910 from 5,740 for the 2013 performance of Mother Goose by Pendle Productions.

Polka Dot, based in Lincolnshire, was chosen to produce the latest panto at the Lytham theatre following a tendering process, displacing Pendle, who had been at the helm of Lowther’s seasonal productions for the previous four years.

Aladdin’s cast included former Coronation Street actor Scott Wright and the company hopes to be back at Lowther again next year.

Producer Darren Maddison said: “We were very pleased with how the panto went and delighted with the response from audience members.

“We received overwhelming positive comments and feedback from all ages and would like to thank everyone that supported us throughout Aladdin.

“We were also very pleased with the working relationship created between us and the theatre, as everyone made us very welcome and made the whole experience very enjoyable.”

Lowther manager Roger McCann said: “This was my first panto at the Lowther and the first time for our co-producers Polka Dot Pantomimes.

“I haven’t had such positive audience feedback for a show in a long time – a great start for both of us. We will be talking to Polka Dot about the 2015 production. It isn’t a given, but there is a good chance they will be back.”