Lancaster Grand virtual pantomime in December
Due to Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown it has not been possible for Lancaster Grand to put on their annual Christmas pantomime but they have come up with an alternative - a virtual online pantomime.
Cinderella will be broadcasted completely live and is a uniquely interactive experience.
Panto Live is the world’s first company to integrate a pantomime audience into a virtual set. This will be done through the use of interactive buttons, live chat, uploads for the best-dressed at home, sing-a-longs & a downloadable pack.
It includes a completely virtual world designed with Unreal Engine, a game engine, to re-create all the magic traditional pantomimes bring. The confirmed cast include Chris Rankin as Fairy Godfather (Percey Weasley from the Harry Potter films), Jessica Ellis as Evil Stepmother (Tegan Lomax from Hollyoaks), Martin Callaghan as Baron Hardup (Portugal’s Got Talent), Kimberly Hart-Simpson as Dandini (Nicky Wheatley from Coronation Street) Cuan Durkin as Prince Charming (Singer), Katy Clayton as Cinderella (Samantha Boothe from Where the Heart is), Tim Churchill as an Ugly Sister (Blood Brothers) and
Steve Fortune as an Ugly Sister (West End Performer).
Chris Rankin who played Percey Weasley from the Harry Potter films said: “I am over the moon to be working on this innovative international show that will give the audience the feeling that they are sitting in the theatre itself as the actors perform Cinderella Live!” Members of the public, schools and groups can book tickets for the virtual pantomime and one week before the show., tickets will be sent out with a fun pantomime activity pack. Showings for members of the public are on December 18 - 7pm UK time - The Worldwide Premiere; December 19 - 2pm UK time - UK Matinee, December 21 - 11pm UK time (referred to as 7pm EST in the booking info) December 23 - 9am UK time (referred to as 7pm AEST in the booking info) and December 24 - 12pm UK time - Christmas Eve show. Standard tickets are £19.97 and early bird tickets cost £14.97. Video on demand is available from Friday December 18 to January 31, 2021. You can watch any of the five live shows.Showings for schools are on December 16 - 10am and 1pm UK time and December 17 - 10am and 1pm UK time. School tickets cost £147 for up ro 20 classrooms and video on demand is available from Thursday, December 17 until January 31, 2021. Showings for groups are on December 18 - 7pm UK time- The Worldwide Premiere, December 19 - 2pm UK time - UK Matinee, December 21 - 11pm UK time (referred to as 7pm EST in the booking info), December 23 - 9pm UK time (referred to as 7pm AEST in the booking info) and December 24 - 12pm UK time - Christmas Eve show. Group tickets cost £197 - up to 50 tickets or £247 - up to 100 tickets. You can watch any of the five live shows. To book tickets for the virtual pantomime visit https://lancastergrand.co.uk/cinderella. Call the box office on 01524 64695 or email [email protected] you book online there is a 33% discount code ‘lancastegrand’ but this is only valid for ‘Public’ bookings.