Our pantomime breaks records - oh yes it does

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Halifax’s Victoria Theatre is celebrating after the festive production of Peter Pan produced the theatre’s best ticket sales for 11 years.

The panto was performed between December 10 2016 until January 2 and the show was produced by Imagine Theatres.

Tim Fagan, Theatres Manager, said: “We are delighted that the continued improvements to the biggest show of the year are being rewarded at the Box Office.

“Each year we make the pantomime more spectacular but stay true to the original adventure we want to share with our audiences.

“We also strive to make the pantomime more accessible to a wider audience every year, and in recent years have introduced integrated signed performances for the deaf signing community, relaxed performances for those who would normally feel unable to attend the theatre and expanded our hugely popular ‘coach and pantomime’ scheme for schools.

“Key however is the Victoria Theatre’s reputation for quality spectacular storytelling, which is second to none in the region.”

Halifax’s favourite comic Neil Hurst returned to play trainee pirate Smee and was joined by some new faces which included MaxCane as Nanny McSmee, KieranMorris as Peter Pan, Lucy Keirl as TigerLily and Katie Faye as Wendy. Anna Lakin took on the role of TinkerBell this year andAndrew Piper appeared the fearsome Captain Hook.

Councillor Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for neighbourhoods and communities praised the work being done and the workd of the new Friends of Victoria Theatre group.

“This is testimony to the hard work being put into making this much loved venue an asset for the whole town and wider borough,” said Coun Press (Lab, Todmorden).

In December a new Friends of the Victoria Theatre scheme was launched to help increase the profile of the theatre and raise funds for improvements.