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Panto, but not as you know it


Inspired by one of the most legendary heroes of all time, Robin Good: The Politico-Panto is panto’s sassy, smart-mouthed and irreverent cousin, providing sharp-witted satire this Christmas.

Robin Good is a celebration of society and how it’s becoming more open to different ways of looking at things. It is written by award-winning Norfolk playwright and Norwich Theatre Associate Artist, James McDermott (Time and Tide).

In describing it, he said: “Barry the Sheriff of Norwich is going to turn Norwich into a holiday resort for the rich. With the help of Marion, Drag Queen Dame Stratton Strawless, and the Merry Non Binaries, the only person that can stop him is queer vegan socialist social media influencer, Robin Good.

“It’s a panto, but more satirical more relevant:  a satirical contemporary. An urgent satire on contemporary society and a queering of conventional pantomime. Expect lots of laughs, high camp and traditional panto elements that you’ve never seen this way before. Wilfully woke – poking fun at the left and the right.”

It features a brand new musical score from an exciting young composer, Max Gallagher plus an ensemble cast of brilliant actor-musicians who will play a huge range of different instruments live throughout the show.

Norwich Theatre Chief Executive & Creative Director, Stephen Crocker said: “We create our Playhouse Christmas show to sit alongside our traditional Theatre Royal Pantomime as we love seeing how so many people plan a festive trip to the theatre as a special moment to come together with loved ones at Christmas.

“I am so excited about bringing this show – our ‘politico-Panto’ – to life with such an exhilarating group of creatives and providing a fresh, new and different source of festive fun and laughter. It is cheeky, irreverent and sharp-witted. It’s Panto, but not as you know it!”

The Playhouse is an award-winning venue for comedy and an integral part of Norwich Theatre, the largest arts organisation in the East of England. Comprising three venues – Norwich Theatre Royal, the Playhouse and Stage Two – plus a digital stage, Norwich Theatre presents a vibrant programme of performance and creative activities to entertain, enrich and inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Norwich Theatre also produces work, including Robin Good and the Theatre Royal pantomime, which this year is Dick Whittington and his Cat. Booking for both shows is open now at norwichtheatre.org.

Robin Good promises an uplifting Christmas experience, celebrating diversity, community and the enduring triumph of right over wrong, and it’s playing at Norwich Theatre Playhouse from Wednesday 8 to Sunday 19 December 2021.

Tickets from £14. Age recommendation: 14+ 

Book online at norwichtheatre.org or call 01603 630 000.