Curtain goes up on panto season at Hitchin’s Market Theatre - but book your tickets carefully
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The important thing to remember if you’re planning to catch a panto show at Hitchin’s Market Theatre this year is to make sure you double check what time you’re going.
That’s because the team at the pint-sized Sun Street venue are presenting not one, but two, shows – for very different audiences.
The curtain goes up on Thursday night for the theatre’s traditional adult panto, Aladdin Trouble.
It’s the familiar story – also the choice for the area’s biggest mainstream panto at Stevenage’s Gordon Craig Theatre, which opened on Friday – but given a raunchy makeover with corny jokes, adult plots and blatant sexual innuendo.
If you can’t get to see it before Christmas you can make a New Year resolution to catch the show – in runs until April.
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Theatre manager Glyn Doggett said: “We did some research last year and we are pretty confident we have the longest-running pantomime in the world.”
But the theatre is also staging its own version of the magical fairy tale Hansel & Gretel, and this production is aimed at children aged four to nine. promising plenty of panto magic and audience participation. Glyn said: “It’s always exciting when we reach this time of the year, there is a real buzz at the theatre as we prepare for the Christmas run.
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“We are welcoming back some of our regular performers as well as introducing some new faces that we auditioned in the summer.”
Tickets for both shows are £14, and they can be booked on 01462 433553 or www.markettheatre.co.uk.
The venue’s next Mostly Comedy bill next Thursday, December 11, features Sean Hughes, still best known for being the youngest-ever winner of Edinburgh’s fabled Perrier Award and one of the original team captains in TV’s long-running Never Mind The Buzzcocks music panel game.
But that’s all in the past – now as well as a novelist and straight actor he’s a mature, reflective and sometimes splenetic stand-up of rare skill, and host of the comedy insider’s Under The Radar podcast.
He’s joined on the bill by Luke Benson, and although the gig is already a sellout there might be returns – you can put your name on the list on the door from 8.30pm. More details online at www.mostlycomedy.co.uk.