Christmas is back on! Covid may have taken away our Christmas markets but Christmas cheer is back on the menu. ATG have announced that a socially distanced pantomime, starring Jason Manford, is coming to Manchester!
Which show is coming to Manchester?
Sleeping Beauty will be waking up the stages of Manchester this Christmas. You can expect a modern twist on the classic story where a princess is cursed to sleep for a hundred years by an evil fairy.
When and where is the pantomime?
This pantomime will be playing at Manchester Opera House from Saturday 12th December to Sunday 3rd January 2021.
There is a relaxed performance on Thursday 31 December.
How do I get tickets?
ATG theatre card presale: Thursday 5th November, 12pm.
General sale: Monday 9th November, 10am.
NHS Workers and families: Gifted tickets to the opening show.
To enter the ballot and register for free tickets please go to healthservicediscounts.com Ballot is open from 16 – 29 November. You could win a maximum of 6 tickets per bubble for the opening performance (Saturday 12 December). Winners notified by Monday 7 December.
Who is in Sleeping Beauty?
Local funny man turned superstar comedian turned musical theatre performer, Jason Manford, will make his panto debut as ‘Muddles’.
Another proud Northerner and winner of BBC’s ‘I’d do anything’, Jodie Prenger, will be at his side as the ‘Enchantress’.
King of panto, Billy Pearce, will don a crown as ‘King Billy’ and corrie star, Eric Potts, will perform as the outrageous Dame of the show.
It’s a Northern extravaganza and surely not to be missed.
How is the show covid safe?
Safety is the highest priority for guests and cast so are adapting to government guidelines.
- Customers can book a bubble of up to 6 people
- Bubbles are separated by a combination of empty rows or empty seats to ensure safe distance
- The venue will be at 50% capacity
- Expect staggered arrival times and one-way systems with hand sanitiser stands on the route
- Deep cleaning will take place between each show
- Guests will be encouraged to stay in their seats by the removal of an interval and the ability to order drinks for delivery
- Backstage will have a covid monitor, employed to keep the cast safe. This includes monitoring social distancing, choreographed stage exits, contact free performing and limited rehearsals for specific scenes
Strictly villain, Craig Revel Horwood, starred in last year’s panto Snow White and it was fabulous darling! I can’t wait to see what magic they bring to the stage this year.
Who’s getting tickets? Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a knees-up at the panto.
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