Panto breaks box office records

The cast of Victoria Theatre's pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Pictured are Jack, played by Felicity Skiera, and Simple Simon, played by Neil Hurst.

The cast of Victoria Theatre's pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk. Pictured are Jack, played by Felicity Skiera, and Simple Simon, played by Neil Hurst.

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The pantomime season may be behind us, but the Victoria Theatre is celebrating after Jack and the Beanstalk broke box office records.

More than 24,000 people saw Calderdale’s festive pantomime, with nearly 1,700 more admissions than last year and almost a 20% increase in box office takings.

It was the fifth consecutive pantomime to be produced by Imagine Theatre for the Victoria Theatre - audiences were wowed by the set design, electric mechanics, costumes and the chance to participate in the show.

Coun Marcus Thompson, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I’m delighted but not surprised that the Victoria Theatre has broken box office records for the fantastic pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk. “Every year the pantomime get more exciting and memorable– just one of the reasons why visitors keep returning, not just from local areas, but also from further afield.

“I’ve heard amazing feedback about the show, and know an enormous amount of work has been put in to the production, not only by the cast and crew, but also by Council staff.

“I’m so pleased that this hard work has been rewarded with great ticket sales.”

It was also the first time that hearing impaired audiences were able to enjoy an integrated performance of the pantomime, where British Sign Language interpreters shadowed actors on stage. 
Tickets for this year’s pantomime, Cinderella, are already on sale - call the Theatre box office on 01422 351158 or visit www.victoriatheatre.co.uk to secure your ticket.