We are delighted to announce that our next pantomime will be Sleeping Beauty and this much-loved classic is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.
The Georgian Theatre Royal pantomimes are well-known throughout the region for the very best in festive entertainment. We promise star-quality performances, catchy songs, dazzling special effects and heaps of hilarious family-style fun.
Sleeping Beauty will run from Friday 7 December 2018 until Sunday 13 January 2019 with both matinee and evening performances. There will be a relaxed performance on Wednesday 19 December at 10.00am.
Richmond’s Georgian Theatre Royal is well known across the region for its annual family pantomime but the festive production is almost as famous for its knitting. Previous years have seen knitted doughnuts, apples, leaves and bananas all ingeniously incorporated into the shows.
This year, the Theatre is appealing for knitted squares, which will be made into a gigantic blanket to be used during the 60 performances of Sleeping Beauty.
Each square should be 12” by 12” (30cm by 30cm) and can be made in any colour or combination of colours. The tension should be fairly tight to avoid snagging but otherwise the design and style is completely up to the individual knitter. The more variety the better!
All squares should be handed in at the Box Office or posted to arrive at the Theatre no later than Wednesday 31 October. There will also be a couple of communal drop-in ‘construction’ sessions when the blanket will be sewn together on Tuesday 6 November and Wednesday 7 November from 10am until 4pm at the Theatre. Everyone is welcome to attend and teas, coffees and cakes will be served throughout the day.
The Theatre’s knitting tradition first started in 2011 when over 1,000 bananas were knitted for The Adventures of Sinbad; the following year nearly 3,000 white snowball pompoms were amassed for Babes in the Wood; around 2,500 leaves were knitted to construct a huge decorative beanstalk for Jack and the Beanstalk; 2,000 apples made their way onto the set of Snow White and last year well over 2,000 doughnuts were used to defeat the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz. The Theatre is hoping to repeat these sorts of numbers with this year’s knitted square appeal. Any surplus squares will be used to decorate the Theatre during the festive season.
The Theatre is also keen to find homes for the knitted objects once the pantomimes are over. The knitted leaves and apples went to make displays at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme and last year’s doughnuts made fun ball pools for local nursery schools.