Panto going all spotty

A scene from the 2013 Lowther Pavilion panto, Mother Goose
A scene from the 2013 Lowther Pavilion panto, Mother Goose

There are changes afoot to the Lowther Pavilion panto – oh yes there are.

This year’s festive production at the Lytham theatre will be staged by a different production company to that previously responsible.

Aladdin, set for Lowther from December 11 to 30, will be produced by Lincolnshire-based Polka Dot Pantomimes after a nationwide tendering process by the Lowther Trust.

Pendle Productions, which is headed by the Lowther Trust’s acting chairman Tim Lince and has staged the venue’s panto for the last four years, was among the companies which tendered unsuccessfully,

“Tendering is standard procedure and we were very pleased with the volume of interest,” said Lowther manager Mark Alexander, who pledged that the family and community feel of the production would continue.

“We had 24 companies express an interest with 16 making formal bids and Polka Dot Pantomimes, which specialises in productions for theatres with capacities similar to our 457, was the choice. It’s the end of one era but the start of a new one and we are confident of building on the great popularity of the professional pantomime at Lowther over the last few years.”

Mark added the aim was for local dance schools to again provide junior cast members, as has been the case since professional panto was introduced to Lowther in 2010. Last year, some 250 youngsters took part in the cast and chorus.

Aladdin will run for 30 performances and tickets are already on sale. Prices start at £7 for school groups. Details from (01253) 794221.