Beware: Panto Ahead

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Today is supposed to become the hottest day of the year for much of England. Unseasonally warm said the BBC this morning as it will be about 9 degrees warmer than average for the time of year. Spring flowers abound in my garden, the daffodils are still in flower as are the tulips.  Birds are collecting moss from my lawn to build nests and I’ve seen the first spring arrival, a baby squirrel. May day is only a few days away with all the outdoor events that usually herald that it is a safer time of the year to venture out without a jumper.

And what have I been fortunate enough to receive? Information about pantomimes. Now pantomime is a great tourist attraction drawing people in to fill theatres all over our countries. I am very partial to them myself despite the views of the family. But in April?

I now know that John Barrowman is at the SECC in Glasgow in Aladdin, Royce Mills is in Sleeping Beauty at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and Jack and the Beanstalk is on at the Theatre Royal,  York. There are flyers around advertising these things. In Spring. I would have thought that people wouldn’t want to know about panto this early in the year especially after the hard winter we have endured. Panto reminds you of dark nights, colds, frost and trying to find ways of staying indoors.  

But I must be wrong otherwise why would the theatres be promoting them? They’re all at it. A quick internet check showed that Brian Conley is at the New Theatre in Cardiff with Cinderella, Aladdin will be at the Grand in Blackpool, Joe Pasquale is at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth with Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella is at the Hippodrome in Birmingham where it has the tag, “It’s never too early to book…”

I think it is. This sort of thing will ruin my summer. To wish away the warmth and long summer evenings for the panto of December seems all wrong. So I’ve made a decision.  Theatre mailings go in the bin till Summer is over. Except the open air ones. I’m sorry but winter tourist attractions can wait until the autumn when the blackberries have gone, the Last Night of the Proms has finished and the clocks have gone back. Until then, its summer outings for me.

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