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Curtain comes down on Theatre Severn’s extraordinary panto season

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Audiences and the pantomime production team at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury are celebrating as the curtain falls on another successful season.

Almost 35,000 people enjoyed The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan across 61 performances at the Shropshire Council-owned theatre from the start of its run on 1 December 2021 until the final show on Monday 3 January 2022.

Peter Pan at Theatre Severn (Pamela Raith Photography)

Peter Pan at Theatre Severn (Pamela Raith Photography)

The Theatre Severn box office says just under 90 per cent of tickets were sold, and audiences who enjoyed the show included 8,000 children and teachers in school parties.

Cecilia Motley, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for communities, culture, leisure and tourism, and transport, said:-

“We are delighted the panto cast and our team at Theatre Severn have enjoyed a successful run. Because of the pandemic there was always potential for disruption, but the show went on without fail and the audiences experienced a quality production at every performance.

“Our thanks go to everyone involved and also to the audiences who did their bit to make the production safe and successful.”

Peter Pan at Theatre Severn (Pamela Raith Photography)

Peter Pan at Theatre Severn (Pamela Raith Photography)

David Jack, Shropshire Council’s theatre services manager, added:-

“It has been wonderful to see panto back on stage, and entertaining audiences of all ages once again.

“Without question, this season presented us with some unique and unprecedented challenges, where robust safety protocols and the professionalism and dedication of the cast, crew and staff at the venue helped ensure that our season was completed without significant disruption.

“We’re so grateful to everyone involved and thank our audiences for their special part in another hugely successful panto season.”

The Panto Adventures of Peter Pan marked the tenth collaboration between Theatre Severn and Evolution Productions. Shropshire’s favourite dame and director Brad Fitt and former BBC Radio Shropshire host Eric Smith returned, alongside a talented cast for the show, written and produced by Telford-born Paul Hendy.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2022/23 pantomime Beauty and the Beast.

David Jack said:-

“Beauty and the Beast is a first for us at Theatre Severn, and we are looking forward to staging it at the end of the year. Tickets have gone on sale and I am delighted to say more than 10,000 have already been snapped up.”

Tickets are available online at theatresevern.co.uk or from the Theatre Severn box office on 01743 281281.