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Theatre launches its annual panto knitting appeal

Posted on 28/08/2019 by Helga Pearson
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It's time to pick up those knitting needles! The Theatre is appealing for knitted or crocheted lightbulbs, which will be used during the 58 performances of Aladdin, taking place between Friday 6 December and Sunday 12 January.

The annual pantomime at Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal has become a must-see event during the festive season but equally popular is the knitting activity that is as much a part of the action as the loveable dame and the satisfyingly corny jokes. 

Each year, hundreds of knitted objects are incorporated into the show, sometimes as ‘missiles’ to be hurled by the audience at a specific point of the action or sometimes as elaborate decorations to adorn the historic building.

The Theatre’s knitting tradition first started in 2011, when over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad. In the following years there have been countless snowballs, leaves, apples and doughnuts, culminating in last year’s spectacular giant knitted patchwork blanket for the set of Sleeping Beauty. All have been enthusiastically knitted by members of the community with contributions being sent from all over the world.

The Theatre is hoping for as many lightbulbs to be produced as possible and all contributions are extremely gratefully received. Any surplus lightbulbs will be used to decorate the Theatre during the festive season.

A lightbulb knitting pattern can be picked up from the Box Office or downloaded from the panto page on the Theatre’s website. Alternatively, people can make up their own designs and all colours and sizes are welcomed.

Finished lightbulbs should be handed in at the Box Office or posted to arrive at the Theatre (The Georgian Theatre Royal, Victoria Road, Richmond, North Yorkshire, DL10 4DW) by Saturday 30 November.

Aladdin runs at The Georgian Theatre Royal from Friday 6 December until Sunday 12 January 2020. Tickets from £10.50 to £22 are available from the Box Office on 01748 825252 or via this website.

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